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On July 28 and 29, Peru celebrates the day it became independent from the Spanish Empire, known as Fiestas Patrias, and this year is special, because peruvians commemorate the bicentennial celebration of this event. As one of the most important national holidays in Peru, tourists flock to be part of the enormous celebration which commemorates the Argentinian general, José de San Martín, who won Peru’s independence and was a key force in South America’s quest for sovereignty. The following day, on July 29th, is a celebration of Peru officially becoming a republic, and the celebrations continue across all the major cities with a plethora of festivities paying homage to the country’s armed forces.
Expect street parties, live music, traditional songs, and fireworks to add to the energetic and positive atmosphere as Peruvians get together to celebrate one of the most monumental events in their country’s history. In fact, it is so big that the President themselves prepares and delivers a speech in Plaza De Armas, talking about the many successes that have occurred from the year gone by. Once this has concluded, the Archbishop of Lima will lead mass (known as Te Deum) before the party continues with a wide variety of food and drinks available from street stalls and food carts. Crack yourself a Cusqueña or two, and get stuck into a cheeky Pisco Sour with the locals and watch the streets get louder and more vibrant as the celebrations continue on into the night!
Over these two days, travellers will get to witness the beautiful patriotic nature of Peruvians as they celebrate the important milestone of their independence—something that many countries around the world are still fighting for to this day, and something that many countries have benefitted from through the establishment and strengthening of their own culture, economy, and ways of life. The iconic red and white flag of Peru can be seen everywhere: from restaurants and schools, through to homes, offices, and public institutions. Fiestas Patrias is not just a celebration of Peru’s past during the intense occupation by the Spanish throughout South America, but a celebration of the country, culture, and people of today who are revered globally as some of the kindest, most hospitable people on the planet who love a good time (and for sure a good party)!
Travellers are drawn to Peru for so many reasons, which is perhaps why they come in droves to help celebrate Peru’s Independence Day with them: they do this because no matter where they come from, they love what Peru has to offer, and deeply appreciate its place on the world stage as a must-see travel destination.
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