Popular Festivities in Peru

Peru celebrates some 3,000 festivals a year. Most of them are held in homage to a patron saint and are part of the Christian calendar adopted in colonial times, although they have blended with the magical beliefs of ancient forms of worship.

These religious festivals occur alongside pagan celebrations dating back to ancestral myths in native communities in the jungle, as well as dozens of festivals created over the following centuries. Peru’s festivals form a radiant rainbow, whose colors blend with sounds, textures and a vigorous theatrical concept aimed at reinventing history and producing a celebratory synthesis of Man and the Earth goddess, the Pachamama.

Complete and updated information in:   www.deperu.com/calendario/

January

Niño Callaorcarpino and Jacobo / December 31th – January 2nd

Festival of the Negritos / 24th December – 19th January

Epiphany / January 4th – 7th

Founding of Iquitos / 5th January

Anniversary of the founding of Lima / 18th January

Ch’iaraje / 20th January

Festival of the Niño Dulce Nombre de Jesus or the “Lost Child”  / January (variable)

Marinera Festival / January

 

February

Feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria (Virgin of the Candles) 2nd February - Carnival of Abancay and Apurimac  / February – March

Carnival Festival of Camaná  / February or March (fluctuates)

Ayacucho Carnival / February – March

Cajamarca Carnival / February – March (variable)

Negro Summer Festival / February

Huanchaco Carnival / February

Chachapoyan Carnival / February – March

Madre de Dios Carnival / February (variable date)

Ucayali Carnival / February – March

 

March

Crosses of Porcón / March

Easter / March – April (variable date)

Saint Joseph Festival / March

Wine Grape Harvest Festival / March

Holy Week (Huancavelica) / March – April

Easter in Ica / March or April

Holy Week (Tarma) / March – April (variable date)

Surfing Championship / March

Wine Grape Festival / March

 

April

National Peruvian Paso Horse Contest / April

Anniversary of the Constitutional Province of Callao / April 22nd

Anniversary of the Founding of the city of Huamanga / April 25th

 

May

Virgin of Chapi / May 1st

Festival of the Lord of Muruhuay / Entire month of May

Festival of the Crosses / Entire month of May

Festival of the Crosses and Avocado Festival / May 3

Feast of Alacitas and Las Cruces / 3rd and 4th May

Anniversary of Cotahuasi / 4th May

Qoyllority / variable

Lord of Torrechayoc / variable

Corpus Christi / variable

Homage to the Defenders of Alianza Field / May 26th

Feast of the Holy Spirit / May – June (variable)

 

June

Inti Raymi / 24th June

Feast of Saint John / June

Corpus Christi / June

Qoyllur Rit’i / June

Chachapoyas’ Tourist Week / June 1st – 7th

Sondor Raymi “The Chanka Epic” / 19th June

Chaccu in Pampa Galeras / June 24th

Saint John the Baptist’s Day / June 24th

Night of San Juan (Saint John) and the OldValley Caravan / June 23rd and 24th

Feast of Saint John the Baptist / June 24th

Saints Peter and Paul Day / June 29th

NDO EDN DARI Festival – Festival of my Land / Variable date

Feast of Saint John the Baptist / June

Feast of San John / June

Indigenous Dance Festival / June

 

July

Virgin of Carmen, Paucartambo / July

Anniversary of Puerto Maldonado / July 10th

Carmen de la Legua Virgin / July 16th

Eco-tourist Festival and Anniversary of the Arrival of the Austrian-German Settlers / 24th – 30th July

Cajamarca FONGAL Fair / July 24th – 31st

Festival of Santiago / 24th July to 2nd August

Anniversary of Huaraz / 25th July

Quillabamba Fests / 25th – 29th July

Eco tourist Festival of the Indigenous Communities – Coffee Festival 25th / 30th July

Festival of the Sun / 27th July

Independence Day / 28th and 29th July

Apurimac Tourist Week / 31st July to 3rd August

Feast of Señor de las Ánimas (Lord of the Souls) / 31st July to 3rd August

 

August

Chalpon Cross / August 5th

Santa Rosa of Lima / 30th August

Pachamama Raymi or Earth Mother Day / 1st August

Virgen de las Nieves (Virgin of the snows) / August 5th

Feast of Saint Mary of the Assumption / August 7th – 15th

“Mama Ashu” Virgin of the Assumption  / 13th – 22nd August

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asunción (Feast of Assumption Mary) / August 15th

Anniversary of the Spanish Founding of Huanuco / 15th August

Anniversary of Callao / August 20th

Yaku Raymi (Water Festival) / August 20th – 26th

Regional Festival for the World Folklore Day / August 20-22

EXPOSUR / August 24th – 31st

Tourist Week and Feast of the Oxapampa Patron Saint / 25th – 31th August

Reincorporation of Tacna into Peru / August 28th

Anniversary of the city of Arequipa / August

Chalpon Cross / August 5th

Santa Rosa of Lima / 30th August

Pachamama Raymi or Earth Mother Day / 1st August

Virgen de las Nieves (Virgin of the snows) / August 5th

Feast of Saint Mary of the Assumption / August 7th – 15th

“Mama Ashu” Virgin of the Assumption / 13th – 22nd August

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asunción (Feast of Assumption Mary) / August 15th

Anniversary of the Spanish Founding of Huanuco / 15th August

Anniversary of Callao / August 20th

Yaku Raymi (Water Festival) / August 20th – 26th

Regional Festival for the World Folklore Day / August 20-22

EXPOSUR / August 24th – 31st

Tourist Week and Feast of the Oxapampa Patron Saint / 25th – 31th August

Reincorporation of Tacna into Peru / August 28th

Anniversary of the city of Arequipa / August

 

September

International Spring Festival / September – October

Festival of the Reyna del Cañaveral (Sugar Cane Queen) Tarapoto / September (variable)

Festival of the Reyna del Cañaveral (Sugar Cane Queen) Pasco / September (variable)

RURALTUR Eco-tourist Festival of Rural and Tourist Communities / first weekend of September

Virgen de la Natividad (Virgin of the Nativity) / September 8th

Festival of Saint Nicolas de Tolentino and the Virgin of the Nativity / September 7th – 12th

Virgin of Cocharcas / 8th September

Festival of the Lord of Gualamita / September 10th – 16th

The Lord of Locumba Festival / September 14th

Señor Cautivo de Monsefú (Captive Christ of Monsefu) / September 14th

Lord of Huanca / 14th September

Lord of Huamantanga / September 23rd – 25th

Ucayali Department Tourism Week / September 23 – 30

San Miguel Arcangel (Saint Michael the Archangel) / September 24th

Peruvian Pace Horse National Contest / September 29th.

Yauca Virgin of the Rosary / September – October

Tourist Week of Ica / September

 

October

Month of the Lord of Miracles / 18th, 19th and 28th October

Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca / October

The Lord of Luren Festival / 3rd Monday of October

Piura Jubilee Week / October

“Promised Land of Pozuzo” Eco-tourist Cattle Festival / h – 8th October

Anniversaries of Pucallpa, Districts ofYarinacocha and Masisea, and San Francisco Indigenous Community / October 20

Feast of Santa Fortunata / October 14th

San Francisco / October 4th

Anniversary of Tingo Maria / 15th October

Festival of Santa Úrsula / 21st October

Lord of the Sea / October 28th and 29th

Peruvian Music Day / 31st October

 

November

All Saints Day / November 1st – 2nd

Anniversary of the Founding of the City of Puno / 1st to 7th November

Moquegua Tourism Week / November 20 – 25

San Clemente Fair / November 23

 

December

Immaculate Conception / December  7 to 10

Virgin of the Gate / December  12 to 15

Homenaje a la Libertad Americana (South American Freedom Week) / December 2nd – 9th

Pastoral Christmas / December 23 – 30

Santuranticuy / 24th December

Galas, Laicas o Tusuq / December 24th – 28th

Anniversary of Madre de Dios / December 26th

Complete and updated information in:   www.deperu.com/calendario/