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POPULAR FESTIVITIES

JANUARY

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

This festival is a massive pilgrimage to Chaccllatacana located 4 kilometers from Huancavelica. Among the festival activities are the dance of the negritos, a bull fight in the Andean style of an open ring, and the farewell cortamonte (tree decorated with gifts and fruits and while dancing the tree is cut), that ends the celebration.

Festival of the Negritos / 24th December– 19th January
Province of Huanuco . Huánuco

This festival commemorates a historical fact: on Christmas Day 1648, a wealthy Spanishman freed his black slaves, who celebrated dancing around the Nativity scene. Today, this celebration features the Cofradias de los Negritos (Brotherhood of the Slaves), who march through the streets dancing and showing their colorful costumes until they reach the Nativity scene where they wait for the arrival of the Baby Jesus.

Epiphany – January 4th – 7th
Province of Huancavelica, District of Huancavelica Huancavelica

Considered the most complete and typical popular festival, it is the representation of the journey the Three Wise Men took to Jerusalem. The highlight is the dance of the pastorcitos (little shepherds) in front of the Church of San Francisco and the Quichka Machu, a wise and grotesque character.

Founding of Iquitos / 5th January
Province of Maynas, District of Iquitos. Loreto

A joyful celebration with civic parades and parties that everyone participate in.

Anniversary of the founding of Lima / 18th January
Lima

Plenty of civic-cultural activities take place such as parades, singing, and fireworks.

Ch’iaraje / 20th January
Province of Canas, District of Yanaoca (Community of Checa). Cusco

A ritual fight among the people of the communities of Checa and Quehue who struggle against each other in war games to stimulate the fertility of the land. The winning community receives the larger portion of land. The men are armed with slings, leather whips, and sticks and dress in vests decorated with flowers. The women assist by caring for the horses, collecting stones, and cheering for the men with songs.

Festival of the Niño Dulce Nombre de Jesus or the “Lost Child” – January (variable)
Province of Huancavelica, District of Huancavelica Huancavelica

It commemorates the search for the boy Jesus who was found by his parents in the Temple with the Teachers of the Law. The celebration that includes songs and dances stretches out for four days. There is the fantastic competition among the dancers of the Negritos that happens through the main streets of the city.

Marinera Festival.  January / February
La Libertad Region
The Mansiche Arena in Trujillo is the stage for the National Marinera Contest, the most elegant by couples dance in Peru. Different categories and choreographic styles are judged. Both dancers swirl while waving a white kerchief and executing a number of characteristic steps. The main dancer wears a poncho and a hat, and if riding horse back, he does so on a Peruvian Paso horse. His lady wears a beautiful typical regional dress.

 

FEBRUARY

Virgen de la Candelaria. February / first half
Puno Region. Location: city of Puno (3808 masl / 12493 fasl).

On the central day, the Virgin parades the city in a colorful procession, followed by more than 200 bands of musicians and a similar number of groups who dance around the city and compete for prizes in the local stadium. The festivity is related to the pre-Hispanic farming cycles of planting and harvesting (worshipping Pachamama or Mother Earth), as well as with the region’s mining activity.

Carnivals. February / March
All over Peru

Peruvian carnivals are marked by the festive character of Andean areas, which regularly break with their solemn traditions.

Beyond regional variations, a common characteristic of nearly the entire highland chain is the ritual of the yunza, called umisha in the jungle and cortamonte on the coast. It involves artificially planting a tree trunk laden with gifts, around which the guests dance until it is chopped with a machete or an ax. The couple who make the final hack that brings down the tree will then both be in charge of organizing the yunza next year. Peruvians across the country are extremely fond of tossing buckets of water at each other during this festival, so onlookers would be wise to take precautions. Cities where carnivals reach a high point include Cajamarca, Puno and Ayacucho.

Chachapoyan Carnival – February – March
Province of Chachapoyas, Amazonas

It is a mixture of Celendinas and Chachapoyan customs. It is celebrated with the planting of “Humishas”, large trees decorated with balloons, streamers, clothing, and other objects. In addition, there is a float contest, a carnival queen election, social and popular dancing, and games with water, streamers, and colors.

Carnival of Abancay and Apurimac / February – March
The entire department, Apurimac

During the celebrations, the Pandillas (folklore groups) show their colorful costumes and dance to the music. The carnival also features ceremonies in honor of the Pachamama (Mother Earth), the “Corte de la Yunsa” (the chooping of a tree full of presents to the rhythm of the music), and the Carnival of Tica-Pallana or flowers picking

Carnival Festival of Camaná / February or March (fluctuates)
Province of Camaná, District of San José, Arequipa

The guachanacos (masked riders) ride through the city streets three days before, inviting the population to join the carnival festivities. The “yunsa” or “cortamonte” festivity happens on the main day of the celebration. On that day, you can enjoy the wonderful dishes of this place.

Ayacucho Carnival / February – March
The entire department.Ayacucho

For three days, enjoy the parade composed of marchers wearing traditional dress, regional music, food testing like the traditional puchero and chicha de jora.

Cajamarca Carnival / February – March (variable)
Province of Cajamarca, District of Cajamarca and its surrounding areas. Cajamarca

This is one of the most important celebrations in the department. Every neighborhood prepares itself for different contests like dance and music. The people organize a parade and accompany the Momo King, while other groups simultaneously dance and sing, spreading joy through the streets. The nights are the time to crown queens, to see popular dancing, and to taste traditional food and drink. This celebration lasts for one month with eight main days.

Negro Summer Festival / February
Province of Chincha, District of El Carmen Ica

This is an Afro-Peruvian dance contest. There are also craft, wine and food fairs as well as main street parades.

Huanchaco Carnival / February
Province of Trujillo, District of Huanchaco La Libertad

The Huanchaco Carnival originated at the beginning of the twentieth century, inspired by the Venice Carnival. The tradition was updated twenty years ago, and today the celebration includes the election of the Carnival Queen, floats, parades, people in costumes, carnival dances, and contests.

Toqto Fights / 2nd February
Province of Chumbivilcas, District of Livitaca (Toctopata) Cusco

These take place in Toqto, a town located between the Districts of Yanaoca and Livitaca. The fights last three days and represent the past when the people fought to receive more land. On the first day, people settle down in the place; the second day, one-on-one fights begin, and later, groups of five to ten men are formed. After eating and drinking, everyone fights on the third day, and when the games end, the wounded are taken care of and the communities perform the qhaswa (a party for both winners and losers)

Madre de Dios Carnival / February (variable date)
The entire department Madre de Dios

There are parades that move along the main streets of the city, marching contests, a beauty queen contest, and the election of Miss Manguare and King Momo.

Ucayali Carnival – February – March
Province of Coronel Portillo, Districts of Calleria and Yarinacocha Ucayali

There are dance contests around the humisha or cortamonte. A carnival queen is chosen, and there is a parade with traditional marching contests and floats.

MARCH

Wine Festival. March (2nd week)
Provinces of Chincha and Ica Ica

This festival is a celebration of the abundance of grapes and wine in the region of Ica (a four-hour drive south of Lima), where persevering efforts in local vineyards have spread greenery across vast tracts of once bone-dry desert.

This is a celebration of the grape harvest and the wine making in the department. Fairs, contests, parades with floats, musical festivals, and parties are organized. The Wine Grape Queen is chosen, and she is the first to start crushing the grapes that make the wines, piscos, and other liquors.

The Wine Festival (Festival de la Vendimia) involves fairs, competitions, processions of floats, musical festivals and parties where guests dance the Afro-Peruvian festejo.

One of the major attractions of the event is the Queen of the Wine Festival beauty pageant. Accompanied by her hand-maidens, the beauty queen treads grapes in a vat in the time-honored tradition to extract the juice that will eventually be fermented. Apart from the delicious local sweets known as tejas, made from pecans or candied fruits, filled with caramel and covered with sugar icing, those attending the event can try pisco, the aromatic and tasty grape brandy that originated in this part of southern Peru four centuries ago.

Crosses of Porcon March - April / movable
Cajamarca Region. Location: Granja Porcón, north of Cajamarca (2720 masl / 8924 fasl).

In this festivity, immense reed and palm crosses parade the Porcón valley. They are all decorated with oval and round mirrors (representing the souls of the dead) and with images of Virgin Mary, the Sacred Heart and several saints. On Palm Sunday, the central day, crosses are crowned, prayers are sung in Quechua and Latin, and people march in procession to church. During the procession, “angels” haul the “señorca”, a female donkey representing the triumphal entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem. By road: Granja Porcón, 30 km / 19 miles (55 min) from Cajamarca
By the road to Bambamarca, take detour at km 20.

Surfing Championship / March
Province of Ascope, District of Chicama La Libertad

It takes place in MalabrigoBeach (also known as ChicamaBeach) and surfers from all over the world participate. This beach is worldwide famous for the largest left handed wave in the world.

Saint Joseph Festival / March
Province of Trujillo, District of Moche, Las Delicias Beach Resort La Libertad

Emulating Spanish traditions, these festivities feature typical Spanish dishes and drinks, people dress up and the streets and houses are decorated in the Spanish style. Besides processions of Peruvian Paso horses, heifers freed like in Pamplona, a bull festival, and a bull fight, tascas (bars), tunas (musical groups), and tablaos (Flemish dances) are organized.

Wine Grape Harvest Festival / March
Lima

This takes place in the traditional district of Santiago de Surco and includes activities like the election of a Harvest Queen and visits to wineries for wine-testing sessions.

Holy Week – March – April
Province of Huancavelica, District of Huancavelica Huancavelica

The celebration begins with the procession of the Sorrowful Virgin on Friday followed by the Palm Sunday mass and massive nightly processions for personal reflection.

Easter in Ica / March or April
The entire department Ica

This festival starts on Palm Sunday with the procession of the Lord of the Triumph and ends with the resurrection procession, also known as “The Drunken Procession”. The streets are decorated with flower carpets and triumphal arches.

Holy Week / March - April (variable date)
Province of Tarma and Valle del Mantaro. Junín

During this celebration week, the communities create flower carpets that cover the city streets and organize liturgical ceremonies and processions with Andean characteristics

Holy Week - Expo Oxa / March – April (variable date)
Province of Oxapampa Pasco

Holy Week is the time chosen by the descendents of the Austrian-German settlers to organize parties with samples of food and dances brought over from Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. Additionally, farming and handcrafted product exhibitions take place as well as drawing and painting competitions.

APRIL

Peruvian Paso Horse Festival April / May
Metropolitan Lima

The contest takes place in Mamacona, at the foot of the pre-Inca Pachacamac oracle. The Peruvian Paso horse is a breed of Spanish and Berber races that took 300 years. Its gait is a series of synchronized  movements of the front and rear legs in parallel fashion, a trait that has made it one of the most beautiful and elegant horses in the world.


Easter Week 2nd half of March-1st week of April
Ayacucho

Easter week represents the peak of religious sentiment for the people of the Andes. The departmental capital of Ayacucho, San Cristóbal de Huamanga, located in the central Andes at an altitude of 2,761 meters above sea level, celebrates one of the most intense portrayals of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

The week starts out with the entry of Jesus into the city riding on a donkey. On Wednesday, the images of the Virgin Mary and Saint John are paraded in fervent processions through streets carpeted with flower petals until they meet up with the litter bearing the image of Christ, whom they "greet" in the main square. On the evening of Holy Friday, the lights of the city wink out to give way to the Christ of Calvary. The image sets out from the Monastery of Santa Clara in a procession through the streets on  a litter strewn with white roses, followed by the grieving Virgin Mary and lines of men and women strictly dressed in mourning bearing lit candles. The litter, which features thousands of white candles, is simply magnificent.

The litter is then accompanied with prayers and songs throughout the night until the three-hour sermon is delivered on Saturday. After days of grieving, Resurrection Sunday takes on a festive air, Christ is resurrected and appears once more on his litter and is carried through the streets.

Anniversary of the Constitutional Province of Callao / April 22nd
On this date, the people commemorate the naming of Callao as a ConstitutionalProvince in 1857. A series of activities like tourist rides, a painting contest, historical expositions, Te Deum Mass, civic-patriotic ceremonies, parades, and many others take place in order to celebrate this anniversary.

Anniversary of the Founding of the city of Huamanga / April 25th
Province of Huamanga, District of Ayacucho. Ayacucho

MAY

Virgen de Chapi May 1ST
Arequipa Region

Pilgrimage crossing the Arequipa desert to worship the Virgin of Purification or Virgin of Chapi. The pilgrims carry rocks of different sizes they will leave before Chapi, making the so-called apachetas, symbolizing the devout’s sins. In a night-long wake, the image of the miraculous Virgin is surrounded by candles to then leave in procession. There are also fireworks and typical foods.

Lord of Muruhuay May
Junín Region

The image of the Crucified Lord, painted on the skirts of the Shalacoto hill, is worshipped on this date by thousands of pilgrims. Some old rites to worship water, earth and rocks have survived in this celebration. On the central day a solemn Mass is celebrated in Quechua and then the believers drop their “Letter to God”, requesting miracles or thanking favors granted. The organizers usually offer a typical lunch to visitors and dancers.

Festival of the Crosses / Entire month of May
Province of Pasco and Daniel A. Carrion Pasco

A religious festival dating back to the Vice Royal Period organized by the so-called Majordomos (masters of ceremonies in charge of organizing and managing the feast). People go out on the streets performing old dances like the Chunguinada, the Baile Viejo or the Negreria.

Festival of the Crosses and Avocado Festival / May 3
Province of Huanta, District of Luricocha. Ayacucho

This celebration is very distinctive since hundreds of people from towns all over the Andes and the jungle show up carrying crosses of differing sizes and weights. The people carry their crosses and participate in a race around the perimeter of the Main Square of Luricocha (beginning and ending at the church). The area is also famous for its 42 different species of avocados.

Feast of Alacitas and Las Cruces / 3rd and 4th May
Province of San Roman and Puno. Districts of Juliaca, Puno, and Cabanillos. Puno

It is a special occasion where the inhabitants sell miniature handcrafted items, symbolizing the things anyone wishes to possess like houses, cars, money, etc, in different fairs located along the main streets of each city. Bolivian artisans also participate in this festival.

Anniversary of Cotahuasi / 4th May
Province of LaUnion, District of Cotahuasi. Arequipa

It is the most important traditional festival of the province. There are bull fights and group dance competitions, and visits to the different attractions in the region are promoted.

Qoyllority / variable
Province of Quispicanchi, District of Ocongate Cusco

A pilgrimage to the summit of MountSinaqara. Along the way, there is a procession, some dancing, musical groups performances, fireworks, and a symbolic alasitas market (works in miniature). This festival unites two traditions – Andean and Catholic – since it celebrates both the image of Christ that appeared on a rock at 4750 masl / 15.584 fasl and the worship of the Apu Ausangate.

Lord of Torrechayoc / variable
Province of Urubamba, District of Urubamba Cusco

This festival began in 1860 when an enormous cross was placed in the snow, and the opening of a section of railway (Urubamba-Lares) was celebrated with a mass. Years later, the cross was carried to the city of Urubamba where they began a worship of it. In addition to a mass, the cross is carried in a procession with all its jewels. There are fireworks, parades of dancers, bullfights, and cockfights.

Corpus Christi / variable
Province of Cusco, District of Cusco Cusco

A procession of sixteen sculptures of much venerated patron saints. The procession is partially formed by music and folklore dance groups. The traditional food is the chiri uchu, roasted Guinea pig with jerky, toasted corn, rocoto (hot pepper), boiled chicken, cheese, seaweed, fish eggs, and corn tortilla.

Homage to the Defenders of Alianza Field – May 26th
Province of Tacna, District of Tacna Tacna

A parade and other civic acts take place in the Alianza Field.

Feast of the Holy Spirit – May – June (variable)
Province of Huancavelica, District of Huancavelica Huancavelica

Feast of the patron of Huancavelica where the Holy Spirit is worshipped with customary expressions like the chaskiy bull, the chutay bull, and the pukllay bull, performed by different neighborhoods during the week. This feast begins with the Lowering of the Crosses, accompanied by the traditional wakrapukus (cattle horns), harawis (songs), and the sounding of the sacred pututo conch shell horns.

JUNE

Inti Raymi June 24TH
Cusco Region

Inti Raymi is the Sun’s festivity. It coincides with the winter solstice and the harvests season. The Sacsayhuaman fortress is the stage for the ceremony, following a detailed script, including the sacrifice of two  llamas to tell the future. The Inca, who urges the authorities in Cusco’s main square to govern well, presides over the ceremony. At dusk, the Inca announces the end of the day’s ceremonies and merry-making starts.

Saint John June / 23 to 25
Loreto, and Ucayali Regions

The most important festivity of the Amazon symbolizes the renewal of faith under the figure of Saint John the Baptist and the power of water, a vital element in the entire Amazon region. This is why, in Iquitos and Pucallpa (Yarinacocha), the people get purified in the waters of rivers or lakes. On this date, there are also music festivals and typical dances, produce and crafts fairs, and typical dishes, such as the famous juanes (rice tamales) representing the Saint’s head

Corpus Christi May - June / movable
Cusco Region

Fifteen saints and virgins from different Cusco districts arrive at the cathedral in procession to salute Christ’s body in the form of a consecrated wafer kept in the fabulous 26-kg massif gold custody. During the night wake, typical dishes, such as chiriuchu (guinea pig and hot peppers), chicha and corn bread, are served. As soon as the sun rises, the parade starts around the main square, and then the images enter the cathedral to salute each other. Finally, the delegations go back to their churches in the midst of songs and prayers.

Qoyllur Rit'i June / first week
Cusco Region

The largest pilgrimage of all indigenous nations of the Americas. More than 10 thousand people arrive in Sinakara, at the foot of the Ausangate mountain (6362 masl / 20873 fasl), to pay homage to a painting of Child Jesus. The ascent of a group of strong Queros to the snow-capped summit to seek the Star of the Snow (Qoyllur Rit’i) in the mountain’s heart is full of symbolism. They will take large blocks of ice on their shoulders back to their Quechua communities to water their lands with sacred water.

Chachapoyas’ Tourist Week – June 1st – 7th
Province of Chachapoyas, Amazonas

Filled with recreational, social, and cultural activities, the highlight of this event is “el Raymillacta de los Chachapoyas”, which gathers dancers from all the regional communities to demonstrate the best of their traditional dances.

Sondor Raymi “The Chanka Epic” / 19th June
Province of Andahuaylas, District of Pacucha, Apurimac

The celebrations start at the LakePacucha with the dramatization of the origin and expansion of the Chanka people. The tradition speaks of USQUWILLCA, a mythical character who emerged from the depths of the lake, subjugated the local ethnic groups, and later began his martial campaign of expansion. The celebration continues in the archeological site of Sondor where a mystic-religious ceremony is performed, representing the subjugation of the Quechuas and the consolidation of the Chanka Confederation.

Night of San Juan (Saint John) and the OldValley Caravan – June 23rd and 24th
Province of Tacna, Districts of Calana, Pachia, and Pocollay Tacna

Popular ritual in which the payment to the Pachamama (Earth mother) is made and other artistic and cultural productions are included.

Chaccu in Pampa Galeras / June 24th
Barbara D’Achille National Reserve at Pampa Galeras. Ayacucho

This traditional festival consists of creating a human fence to surround and trap the vicuñas that will be sheered. Before the chaccu, the local people perform the pagapu, an ancient ceremony of giving thanks to the Pachamama or Mother Earth and the Andean gods for protecting their animals. Vicuña fur is extremely sought after for its high quality and value in the international market.

Saint John the Baptist’s Day/ June 24th
Provinces of Chota, Cutervo, and San Pablo, Districts of Chota, Cutervo, and San Pablo. Cajamarca

There are religious activities, social and artisanal expositions in honor of Saint John the Baptist, patron of the Districts.

Saints Peter and Paul Day / June 29th
Callao

A traditional procession takes place in which an image of Saint Peter sails by the pier in a fishing boat followed by other boats decorated with flowers.

Feast of Saint John / June
Province of Maynas, District of San Juan. Loreto

The feast of John the Baptist takes on a symbolic character since water is a vital element throughout the entire Amazon Rainforest. You can listen to local bands and try typical food of the area.

NDO EDN DARI Festival - Festival of my Land / Variable date
Province of Tambopata. Madre de Dios

The purpose of this festival is to strengthen the Amazonian cultural identity through dance contests, traditional activities and food, mystic ceremonies (payments to the land and ayahuasca vision quest) as well as promote the research done on ayahuasca through a congress of investigators.

Feast of Saint John the Baptist / June
The entire department San Martín

The feast of John the Baptist takes on a symbolic character since water is a vital element throughout the entire Amazon Rainforest. You can listen to local bands and taste typical food of the region.

Indigenous Dance Festival – June
Province of Atalaya Ucayali

This festival is linked to the anniversary of the Province of Padre Abad (June 1) and gathers together different ethnic groups from the province to demonstrate and appreciate our cultures.

JULY

The Virgin of El Carmen July / 15 and 16
Cusco Region

The Virgin of El Carmen or Mamacha Carmen, patroness of mixed-blood people, is worshipped in a colorful procession of her image along the village streets. Music and singing in Quechua, and groups representing passages of the history of Peru. On the central day, the Virgin blesses the attendants and casts off demons that perform risky acrobacies on roof tops. The grand finale, is a war against demons in which the faithful triumph.

Independence Day July 28-29
All over Peru

Across the country, Peruvians throw parties and hold patriotic celebrations to remember the Declaration of Peru's Independence (July 28, 1,821) by the Libertador José de San Martín. In Lima and cities across Peru, even in remote communities, homes fly the Peruvian flag from the start of July.

On the night of July 27, Peruvians often stage serenatas to the strains of folk and Creole music in plazas and public parks. Dawn on July 28 is greeted with a salvo of 21 cannons, to herald the ceremony of raising the flag. On the following day, before the famous military parade is held in downtown Lima, the Te Deum ceremony, attended by the president, is celebrated in the Lima Cathedral.

In various parts of the country, Peruvians also hold agricultural and livestock fairs (Cajamarca, Piura, Monsefú) together with three festivals that are the soul of Creole culture: cockfighting, bullfighting and Peruvian paso horse exhibitions.

Anniversary of Puerto Maldonado / July 10th
Province of Tambopata, Puerto Maldonado Madre de Dios

Competitions like regattas and motorcycle races, food testings and a beauty queen contest take place during the week.

Carmen de la Legua Virgin / July 16th
Callao

It is a very popular procession in which the image of the Patron saint of Sailors and of Callao is moved from its sanctuary to the MainChurch. This image might have arrived from Spain in 1606, and its veneration supposedly started back then. The virgin’s return to her sanctuary usually happens the second Sunday of October.

Eco-tourist Festival and Anniversary of the Arrival of the Austrian-German Settlers / 24th – 30th July
Province of Oxapampa, Districts of Pozuzo, Huancabamba, Oxapampa, and Chontabamba. Pasco

To commemorate the arrival of the German and Austrian settlers, a variety of events are organized: beauty pageants, sanctuary visits, a motocross race and a dance competition.

Cajamarca FONGAL Fair / July 24th – 31st
Province of Cajamarca, District of the Baños del Inca. Cajamarca

The people exhibit and sell cattle, agricultural products, handicraft and more. There is also a Peruvian Paso horse contest and Marinera dancing.

Festival of Santiago / 24th July to 2nd August
Provinces of Huancayo, Concepcion, Chupaca and Jauja Junín

The celebrations in honor of the Patron Saint Santiago or Tayta Shanty begin on the night of the 24th July with people dancing all over the countryside and city streets following the rhythm of drums and wajras, wind instruments made from cows horns. The next day, people brand their cattle.

Anniversary of Huaraz / 25th July
Province of Huaraz. Ancash

Civic, cultural, and artistic activities organized by the Provincial Government take place in the main streets of the city.

Quillabamba Fests / 25th – 29th July
Province of La Convencion, District of Santa Ana Cusco

This is the anniversary celebration of the Province of La Convencion whose capital is Quillabamba. Every year, a Coffee Queen or “Miss Quillabamba” is chosen. There are also cockfight tournaments, motocross competitions, and the Cocla Fair, which features a music fest with national and international artists.

Eco tourist Festival of the Indigenous Communities - Coffee Festival / 25th – 30th July
Province of Oxapampa, District of Villa Rica Pasco

It is an opportunity to explore the interesting eco-tourist circuits and the coffee and fruit plantations in the indigenous communities, to watch traditional dances and sample food from the region.

Festival of the Sun / 27th July
Province of Dos de Mayo, District of La Union Huánuco

Festival of the Sun, or Inti Raymi, is a deep-rooted custom in Andean tradition. It takes place in the Ushno, or Main Square, of the Inca fortress of Huanuco Pampa.

Independence Day / 28th and 29th July
Lima

The celebration includes a military parade in the Campo de Marte and a Te Deum in the Cathedral attented by the main governmental authorities. In Miraflores, the days before 28th July, there is colorful parade with floats and fireworks.

Apurimac Tourist Week / 31st July to 3rd August
Provinces of Abancay and Andahuaylas, Apurimac

Among other activities, there is a cock fighting championship, and adventure sport competitions like whitewater rafting on the Apurimac River, paragliding in Abancay, and mountain biking. You can also take part in a hiking competition in the Ampay National Sanctuary. There are dances (the Apu-Raymi) and gastronomic festivals as well.

Feast of Señor de las Ánimas (Lord of the Souls) / 31st July to 3rd August
Province of Aymaraes, District of Chalhuanca, Apurimac

The celebration begins with the mass and procession of the Señor de las Ánimas. The next day, the “Yawar Fiesta” takes place. During the festivities, typical music groups (Wacrapucos) of the area perform.

AUGUST

Saint Rose of Lima August 30
Metropolitan Lima

Saint Rose of Lima is the name that made Isabel Flores de Oliva famous. She was a pious Lima woman of the XVII century with great religious inclination and given to serving the sick. The Vatican named her Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines.
Her sanctuary in downtown Lima is visited by the faithful asking for a miracle. On this date, visitors to the hermitage she built is visited and drop letters into the well where she dropped the key to her cilice.

Chalpón Cross August / first week
Lambayeque Region

This devotion started in the XVII century when a miracle-making wooden cross, saved the town from imminent flooding. Ever since, the spot is a pilgrimage center for thousands of believers who arrive to thank for favors granted. There is a Peruvian Paso horse show on this date too, as well as musical band contests and typical food tasting.

Anniversary of the city of Arequipa / August
Province of Arequipa, District of Arequipa. Arequipa

For this celebration, the city organizes the International Fair of Arequipa located on MountJuli, artisanal exhibitions in the Fundo El Fierro, the Festidanza dance festival, and the international Climb Mount Misti contest. The main day, 15th August , is when the Friendship Parade takes place.

Pachamama Raymi or Earth Mother Day / 1st August
The entire department. Cusco

On this day, the following festivals takes place: Pachamamaraymi in the District of Ccatca, Wataqallariy in the District of Maras, and Kinturaymi in Huasao in the District of Oropesa. This is an Andean ritual that worships and gives tribute to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) in a special ceremony called “payment to the earth” with offerings of coca leaves, chicha de jora, and huayruro seeds (mystical jungle seeds). The rite marks the beginning of the Andean New Year.

Virgen de las Nieves (Virgin of the snows) / August 5th
Province of Parinacochas, District of Cora Cora. Ayacucho

This religious festival consists of cultural activities, fairs, exhibitions, and bull fights where nationally and internationally renowned toreros participate.

Feast of Saint Mary of the Assumption– August 7th – 15th
Province of Chachapoyas, Amazonas

The image of the Virgin is carried through the city streets of Chachapoyas, which are covered with multicolored carpets of flowers. Many cultural activities, artisanal and agricultural fairs, dances, typical food tasting, and Peruvian Paso horse presentations take place.

"Mama Ashu" Virgin of the Assumption / 13th - 22nd August
Province of Asuncion, District of Chacas. Ancash

Liturgical, social, cultural and sporting activities take place.

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Asunción (Feast of Assumption Mary)/ August 15th
Province of Cangallo, District of Cangallo. Ayacucho

A religious festival full of cultural activities, Peruvian Paso horse demonstrations, bull fights, fairs, exhibitions, and traditional dancing.

Anniversary of the Spanish Founding of Huanuco / 15th August
Province of Huanuco Huánuco

An agricultural, industrial, and handicraft fair is organized, as well as performances by musical groups and excursions to the main regional tourist attractions.

Anniversary of Callao / August 20th
Callao

The creation of the Littoral Province of Callao, which granted political autonomy to Callao in 1836, is commemorated during this event. Today, an important Salsa Dance Festival, which gathers the best national and international singers and bands, is organized. The Regional Government of Callao organizes a large boat race (Corso) and a folklore parade contest, in which private companies, public and educational institutions, and the general public participate.

Yaku Raymi (Water Festival) / August 20th – 26th
Province of Lucanas, District of Andamarca (Carmen Solcedo) . Ayacucho

It is a ceremony to clean the canals accompanied by the pagapu, an ancient rite of giving thanks to the Pachamama or Mother Earth and the Andean gods, a contest among the Danzantes de Tijera (Scissors Dances), and other ancestral celebrations.

Regional Festival for the World Folklore Day – August 20-22
Districts of Yarinacocha and Pucallpa Ucayali

There are regional cultural knowledge contests as well as those for food, indigenous and mixed-race dance, clothing, and handicraft. Miss Folklore is also chosen.

EXPOSUR – August 24th – 31st
Province of Tacna, District of Tacna Tacna

The event happens in the PeruPark. It is a commercial fair where the main agricultural, fishing, artisanal, and industrial products are exhibited.

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

The week begins with a mass and a procession in honor of Santa Rosa of Lima. There are also beauty contests, a motocross race, agricultural fairs, and sampling of typical food

Reincorporation of Tacna into Peru – August 28th
Province of Tacna, District of Tacna Tacna

A civic parade and the passage of the flag happen to commemorate the reintroduction of the city of Tacna into Peru.

SEPTEMBER

International Spring Festival. September / October
La Libertad Region

Colonial Trujillo streets and houses are decorated for the floats parade led by the Queen of Spring, followed by foreign and Peruvian beauty queens. Skillful cheerleaders from abroad also catch the bystanders attention.

Tourist Week of Ica / September
Province of Ica

There are Peruvian Paso horse exhibitions, cock fights, wine contests, pisco testing, visits of different bodegas, and the International Sandboard Contest.

Festival of the Reyna del Cañaveral (Sugar Cane Queen) / September (variable)
Province of Chincheros, Apurimac

This tourist festival takes place in September, the month of youth, at the beginning of spring along the banks of the PampasRiver next to the town of Callebamba. A Miss Cañaveral is elected. During the celebration, people promote agro-industrial products of the area, organize whitewater rafting, swimming, and various other competitions and present the typical cuisine of the area.

Festival of the Reyna del Cañaveral (Sugar Cane Queen) / September (variable)
Province of Tambopata, Puerto Maldonado Madre de Dios

The following events take place: the picture presentation of “The Incas, Corner Stone”, cooking and cocktail contest, Southern Macro-Region Hotel Congress, Venice Night at the Port Authority headquarters, and a Gastronomic Festival.

RURALTUR Eco-tourist Festival of Rural and Tourist Communities / first weekend of September
Province of Pasco, District of Huayllay Pasco

The festival is celebrated in the Huayllay National Sanctuary with several activities such as offerings to the Pachamama (Mother Earth), llama load-carrying contests, Andean gymkhana, spinning competitions, and pottery demonstrations in addition to rock-climbing contests among different universities and hikes around the eleven tourist circuits.

Virgen de la Natividad (Virgin of the Nativity) / September 8th
Province of Lamas, District of Tabalosos San Martín

Feast of the patron saint, Mary, that gathers a large amount of faithful from all over the country and abroad because of the miracles attributed to the Virgin of the Nativity.

Festival of Saint Nicolas de Tolentino and the Virgin of the Nativity – September 7th – 12th
Province of Rodriguez de Mendoza, Amazonas

This is a festival of traditional customs in which everyone participates. Gastronomical and agricultural fairs and recreational and tourist activities take place.

Virgin of Cocharcas / 8th September
Different towns of the department. Junín

It is one of the most important celebrations in the MantaroValley. There are processions in honor of the Virgin Mary as well as dance festivals and typical food fairs. The Sanctuary is located in Orcotuna, on the slope of the hill. It is said that the Virgin Mary appeared there and that her image is still visible on the rock.

Festival of the Lord of Gualamita – September 10th – 16th
Province of Luya, District of Lamud, Amazonas

On September 13th, the Hatun Luya is celebrated, where everyone from the surrounding areas comes together. During this festivity, you can witness demonstrations of popular customs. Throughout the entire festival, there is music and dances from around the department.

The Lord of Locumba Festival – September 14th
Province of Jorge Basadre, District of Locumba Tacna

This is a religious celebration which national and foreign devotees attend.

Señor Cautivo de Monsefú (Captive Christ of Monsefu) / September 14th
Province of Chiclayo, District of Monsefu Lambayeque

Festival for the patron of the city of Monsefu. Here, they venerate the representation of Christ that comes out in a procession through its main streets. The celebration include craft and food testing fairs.

Lord of Huanca / 14th September
Province of Calca, District of San Salvador. Cusco

The story of the Lord of Huanca began in 1675 when, it is said, Jesus Christ appeared in a cave to Diego Quispe, an Indian. His vivid story inspired one of the best painters of the time to reproduce the picture on a rock. The worship (recognized in 1779) reaches its climax on 14th September, and believers arrive from all over Peru and Bolivia in search of cures for their physical and spiritual afflictions.

Lord of Huamantanga/ September 23rd – 25th
Province of Jaen – District of Jaen. Cajamarca

A regional fair known for its religious, cultural, and sporting activities.

Ucayali Department Tourism Week – September 23 – 30
Artisanal, tourist, and cattle product fairs, radio and television discussions, regional artistic group presentation, folklore parade, and other contests happen during this week. The year’s best tourism companies are presented, also.

San Miguel Arcangel (Saint Michael the Archangel) / September 24th
Province of La Mar, District of San Miguel. Ayacucho

San Miguel’s huge agricultural, artisanal, and folkloric fair with tourist activities and adventure sport events.

Peruvian Pace Horse National Contest / September 29th.
Province of Trujillo, District of Trujillo La Libertad

It is organized by the Peruvian Paso Horse Breeders and Owners Association of Trujillo in the framework of the International Spring Festival. The horses dance the Marinera guided through slight movements of the reins by the experienced chalanes (riders).

Yauca Virgin of the Rosary / September – October
Province of Ica, District of Yauca del Rosario Ica

It is a massive pilgrimage with thousands of followers walking 25 km / 16 miles from Ica to the district of Yauca del Rosario. A traditional fair and novenas take place.

OCTOBER

Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca October / Second half
Piura Region

Thousands of pilgrims from the north of Peru and the south of Ecuador arrive in Ayabaca to keep their promise of faithfulness to the Captive Christ. Town streets are covered with flower petals and there is a procession of the image -carved in 1751- and the penitents. In pre-Hispanic times the same place was the stage for homage paid to Aypate and La Huaca.

The Lord of the Miracles October / Second half
Metropolitan Lima

This image gathers around it the largest numberts of devotees in South America. It dates back to colonial times, when a black slave painted it on the walls of a run-down property. In spite of earthquakes and attempts at erasing it, the miraculous image has remained intact. Thousands of believers dressed in purple habits sing and pray to accompany the image in procession. It is a date to enjoy “turrón de Doña Pepa” (a nougat) and delicious “picarones” (ring-shaped fritters). To honor the Black Christ, bull fighting at Plaza de Acho, gathers the most prestigious bullfighters of Spain and the Americas.

Lord of Luren October / first Friday to third Monday
Ica Region

The origin of devotion for the Lord of Luren, patron of the city of Ica, dates back to 1570, when it was mysteriously lost in the desert to reappear in a desolate place called Luren, where a small temple and a hospital for Indians were built. On the central day, the wooden image of Christ in agony, accompanied by the Virgin Mary and Magdalene, leaves in procession to parade the entire city all night until dawn.

Piura Jubilee Week / October
Province of Piura, District of Piura Piura

During this week, the best in music, handicraft, and food of Piura is offered in the framework where artistic, social, and cultural events happen on a daily basis.

San Francisco / October 4th
Province of La Mar, District of Ayna. AyacuchoFairs and exhibitions, adventure sports activities on the river, hiking, processions, and native dancing

“Promised Land of Pozuzo” Eco-tourist Cattle Festival / 4th – 8th October
Province of Oxapampa, District of Pozuzo Pasco

An agricultural fair that serves as a backdrop for motocross competitions, cock fights, testing of typical food, and popular dance contests.

Anniversaries of Pucallpa, Districts ofYarinacocha and Masisea, and San Francisco Indigenous Community – October 4 – 20
Ucayali

The people participate in different cultural activities like food, dance, artistry, painting, and others.

Feast of Santa Fortunata – October 14th
Province of de Mariscal Nieto, District of Moquegua Moquegua

The devout arrive from different places in order to participate in the procession of Santa Fortunata. In addition, there are fairs and artistic, cultural, and leisure shows.

Anniversary of Tingo Maria / 15th October
Province of Leoncio Prado, District of Rupa Rupa (Tingo Maria) Huánuco

The celebration begins with a musical show of typical songs and dances of the region. There is also an agricultural, handicraft and tourist fair. In addition, adventure sport competitions take place featuring mountain biking and whitewater rafting on the HuallagaRiver.

Festival of Santa Úrsula / 21st October
Province of Castilla, District of Viraco. Arequipa

A very popular, grassroots celebration. It is celebrated with the bringing of the “capo”herb, the burning of the “yareta”, evergreen tree, fireworks, masses, and processions. There are also bull fights with Spanish bullfighting apprentices and very traditional cock fights

Lord of the Sea / October 28th and 29th
Callao

On this day, a carven image of Christ is carried on a platform through the streets. The story goes that in 1756, Mr. and Mrs. Casavilca found this image on the Aguilar Ranch. It was initially named Señor de la Caña (Lord of the Sugar Cane), then Señor Justo Juez (The Just Judge), and finally Señor del Mar (Lord of the Sea).

Peruvian Music Day / 31st October
Lima

Since the 1940’s, this celebration highlights the importance of the Peruvian Creole music with remembrances, concerts, and parties in private and public locations. The “peñas” are the most frequented public establishments.

NOVEMBER

All Saints Day and Day of the Dead. November / 1 and 2
Piura and Cajamarca Regions

In Cajamarca and the Porcón and Huambocancha villages, the people visit cemeteries carrying paper flower crowns for their dead and clean the tombstones under which they are buried. Then they share food and drinks with their souls. This rite is the continuation of a pre-Hispanic practice combined with Christian elements.
In La Arena (Piura), the people go to the Main Square taking their children dressed in their best clothes. Those who have lost a child give children who resemble their own some sweets and rolls in bags called "little angels". At night, families hold a wake at the cemetery, lit with candles until dawn.

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

To celebrate the city, the school pupils are in charge of organizing civic demonstrations and dance shows throughout the city streets. On 5th November, the people present an account of the creation of the Inca Empire, the legend that tells how the mythic couple Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo emerged from the sacred lake in search of land to found the Empire.

Moquegua Tourism Week – November 20 – 25
Province of de Mariscal Nieto, District of Moquegua Moquegua

The anniversary of the founding of the Moquegua is celebrated where visitors are shown the main attractions of the area. There is a mountain bike race and hang glidingcontest.

San Clemente Fair / November 23
Province of Sechura, District of Sechura – village of San Clemente Piura

It is a festival that honors San Clemente Señor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles). The joy and the active participation of visitors is what typifies this festival. They also put on a bull fight.

DECEMBER

Andean Christmas December 24-25
All over Peru

The rural context of the arrival of the infant Christ allowed early Peruvians to identify immediately with the festivity, highlighted by artisan creativity, a sense of aesthetics and the religious devotion of Andean settlers. Andean Christmas began taking on characteristics of its own by adding elements from each region. These elements stand out for the extreme care with which highlanders put together Nativity scenes in churches and homes, perform dances and plays, cook typical dishes and produce a wide range of handicrafts such as Nativity scenes in Huamanga stone, retablos featuring images related to Christmas and pottery or carved gourds called mates burilados decorated with Yuletide scenes. In most Andean communities, the festival continues until la Bajada de los Reyes (the arrival of the three wise men), January 6, when traditionally people exchange gifts.

Immaculate Conception December / 7 to 10
Arequipa Region

On the central day (day 8), in a colorful dance after the procession, men dressed in women’s clothes approach women and abduct them. This is a good time to visit the 16 baroque churches of the ColcaValley, its hot springs (La Calera), and the beautiful terraces of one of the deepest canyons in the world, and to see the marvelous flight of condors. (See Health and Mysticism and Adventure Sports).

Virgin of the Gate December / 12 to 15
La Libertad Region

Mamita de la Puerta (Our Mother of the Gate) aids the sick and disabled. Her departure from the church is a spectacle, for she descends from high above by means of an ingenious device to then be carried in procession on the brotherhood members’ shoulders. The image wears a long tunic studded with precious stones and is carried on a silver and precious metals crescent.

Homenaje a la Libertad Americana (South American Freedom Week) / December 2nd – 9th
Province of Huamanga, District of Quinua. Ayacucho

The Battle of Ayacucho, where the Spanish were defeated by the patriots in 1824, was the decisive moment in the emancipation of South America. It was the Morochucos, horseback riders from the Cangallo region, who took the fight against the Spanish. To celebrate this, sporting events for athletes from all over Peru and the other Bolivian countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and others – are organized. Typical food and ceramics are sold, and there is a popular party with musical groups from all over the department.

Pastoral Christmas – December 23 – 30
Ucayali

The people participate in different plays made up of groups of twenty-five of more out in the fields. The plays represent different religious scenes associated with Christmas and characters typical of Ucayali.

Santuranticuy / 24th December
Province of Cusco, District of Cusco. Cusco

This fair takes place in the Cusco Main Square and brings together artisans to sell a large variety of sacred representations, woodcarvings, and pottery to put nativity scenes together.

Galas, Laicas o Tusuq – December 24th – 28th
Province of Huancavelica, District of Huancavelica Huancavelica

An ancient dance performed even today as a classic dance and magical/religious ritual with choreographed parts that represent characters such as the Pachamama (Earth Mother), Hananpacha (realm of the gods), and Ucupacha (underworld) as well as aspects of Andean popular life. The presentation, which takes place at the Church of San Francisco, is linked to graceful and skillful movements and abilities.

Anniversary of Madre de Dios / December 26th
The entire department Madre de Dios

The celebrations start at night with parties, serenades, and dances. There are parades, athletic tournaments, and artisanal and Christmas fairs on the main day.