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National Holidays in Peru

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The following table highlights the annual national holidays in Peru. Some of the holidays, such as Holy Week (a moveable feast) and Christmas, are celebrated throughout much of the world, while others are unique to the Peruvian calendar.

In an effort to increase internal tourism, the Peruvian government announces a number of días no laborales (non-work days) at the start of each year (eight in 2012). These days normally fall immediately before or after a national holiday, creating extended holiday periods. Peruvians are often on the move during these breaks, and transport and accommodation prices tend to rise. Travelers should consider making advanced reservations for bus journeys and flights, as well as for hostel and hotel rooms, during the major holiday periods.

For all major festivals and events in Peru, see Peru Month by Month

National Holidays in Peru

January 1 New Year's Day Año Nuevo
March/April Maundy Thursday Jueves Santo
March/April Good Friday Viernes Santo
May 1 Labor Day Día del Trabajador
June 29 St. Peter and St. Paul Day Día de San Pedro y San Pablo
July 28 and 29 Independence Day Día de la Independencia (Fiestas Patrias)
August 30 St. Rose of Lima Day Día de Santa Rosa de Lima
October 8 Battle of Angamos Combate de Angamos
November 1 All Saints' Day Día de Todos los Santos
December 8 Immaculate Conception Inmaculada Concepción
December 25 Christmas Day Navidad
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