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.
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.
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.
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?