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Festivals in Peru

JANUARY

Festival of Lima. Marking the founding of the capital in 1535.

Marinera festival of Trujillo. A contest of this traditional dance declared National Cultural Patrimony by the Government of Peru.

FEBRUARY

Pisco Sour Day. A day of celebrating Peru´s national cocktail.

Lima Carnival. Colourful processions and festivities, including dancing, partying and water fights.

Lunahuaná Adventure Sports Festival. Rafting, kayaking and more.

Virgin of the Candelaria Festival. One of Peru´s wildest parties, honouring Puno´s patron saint.

MARCH

Vendimia de Surco Festival. Celebrating the art of traditional winemaking and pisco.

Semana Santa (Holy Week). All around the country take place religious processions and spectacular pageantry.

APRIL

Peruvian Jazz Festival. Top jazz and blues acts play Lima´s clubs.

Peruvian Paso Horse Festival. See Peru´s famed, elegante Paso horses in action in Pachacámac, just south of Lima.

MAY

Festival of the Cross. Folk music and dance, including dazzling “scissor dancers”, and religious processions, in several cities.

Corpus Christi. A deeply felt religious procession, the most impressive in Cusco.

JUNE

Qoyllur Rit´i. A pilgrimage to the summit of Mount Sinaqara. Union of Andean and Catholic traditions.

Inti Raymi (Inca Festival of the Sun). 24th June. The most important pre- Columbian festival, celebrating the winter solstice with a spectacle of dance and parades in Cusco.

JULY

Virgin of Carmen. Costumed revelers and wild dancing in the remote village of Paucartambo, at the edge of the rainforest in Cusco.

AUGUST

Pachamama Raymi or Earth Mother Day.  1st August. 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.

Santa Rosa de Lima. Devotional processions honouring Lima´s patron saint, including family entertainment.

SEPTEMBER

Lord of Huanca. 14th September. Believers arrive from all over Peru and Bolivia in search of cures for their physical and spiritual afflictions.

Festival of Pisco. Country fairs and parades in Ica.

OCTOBER

The Lord of the Miracles. South America´s largest procession, with purple- clad revelers in Lima paying homage to a Christ figure that survived the 1746 earthquake.

NOVEMBER

Puno week. A powerful celebration of music and dance, marking the founding of Puno and the birth of the Inca Empire.

DECEMBER

Santuranticuy Fair. 24th December. One of the largest handicraft fairs in Peru. It is held every year in Cusco´s Main Square.

Battle of Ayacucho. Commemoration of the famous 1824 battle of Pampa de Quinua, in which Peruvian troops defeated the Spanish.

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