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Festival Season in Peru

Across the world, ‘festival season’ has begun in earnest, and we’ve outlined some of the best festivals and celebrations in Peru this summer, meaning there is no excuse for missing a true Peruvian party.

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In June we have the world-famous Inti Raymi celebration. The Festival of the Sun is a hugely popular event in Peru, and on the 24th June, Cusco will be covered in bright colours, vibrant costumes, colourful dancers and music in celebration. Inti Raymi culminates a week of festivities in Cusco, marking the Incan ceremonies and traditions of the winter solstice. This is a highlight in the Peruvian calendar, and the celebrations have spread internationally, meaning this is more than just a Peruvian tradition, and more of a world class festival.

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July brings a celebration of history, with Fiestas Patrias – or Peruvian Independence Day. In 1821, Peru declared itself independent from Spanish colonialists, and this celebration marks the birth of the best country in South American (of course, we’re biased.) Celebrations are again colourful and vibrant, with traditional dance performances, official street parades, fireworks and traditional entertainments such as horsemanship.
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August is the month dedicated to Pachamama, the Earth Mother. In the Southern Andes, August is the coldest month, and is therefore seen as an ‘unlucky’ time for crop growing and harvest. During this time Andean people believe that they must be on good terms with nature in order to keep themselves and their crops and livestock healthy and protected. Traditionally, before Andean New Year on the 1st August, families prepare to honour Pachamama by cooking a huge feast. The host then digs a hole in the ground, and if the soil comes out cleanly, this means that it will be a good year; If it does not, the year will not bountiful. Before any of the guests are allowed to eat, the first plate of food is offered to Pachamama as a ‘sacrifice’.
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Peru is renowned for its friendly and welcoming nature, and what better time to experience the vibrant culture and traditions that one of these summertime festivals.

 

Peru Independence Day

Peru Independence Day – Felices Fiestas Patrias!

Peru Independence Day

This weekend marks the celebration of Peru Independence Day. Peruvians throw parties and hold patriotic celebrations to remember the Declaration of Peru’s Independence by José de San Martín on July 28th 1821.  Across Peru, even in remote communities, homes fly the Peruvian flag from the start of July. It is customary for all Peruvian houses, private and commerce  to bear the Peruvian flag and people to bear the Peruvian rosette.

The Peruvian Flag Rosette

On the night of July 27th, Peruvians stage serenatas to both folk and Creole music in plazas and public parks. Dawn on July 28th is greeted with a salvo of 21 cannons in Lima, 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  Lima Cathedral.

Dancing the streets of Lima

In various parts of the country, Peruvians will be holding agricultural and livestock fairs (Cajamarca, Piura, Monsefú) together with three festivals that are the soul of Creole culture: cockfighting, bullfighting and Peruvian Pase horse exhibitions. This year, Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable freshwater lake in the world, will attract more than 10,000 tourists during Peru’s Independence Day, according to regional authorities in Puno.

Peru is a  proud and independent nation that is famous for its love of fiestas, festivals and carnivals, so it comes as little surprise that across the world people will be marking the occasion. In London, the traditions of Peruvian culture will be alive in the streets of the city with some of the best Peruvian food, artists and musicians throughout the day on Sunday. Pisco sours will be flowing in the city of New York also, with Peruvian food, drink and Latino music on offer in the district of TriBeCa.

Pisco Sours will be flowing in New York City...

At Inkaterra, we’ll be marking the occasion with a celebratory lunch today for all of our staff in Lima, and on Independence Day this Sunday, there will be a fraternal lunch and festive activities across all of our hotels and offices.

How will you be marking the occasion?