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Peru
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Peru. Please scroll down to view.

The Republic of Peru is located in western South America and currently celebrates 11 national holidays. Most of the national holidays are based on the Christian faith, with one of these holidays based on the lunar cycle. The government of Peru issues a statement at the end of each year through the Ministry of Labor declaring what days are official holidays for the following year.

Most of the government rulings concerning public holidays are made through official decrees. There are no real laws regarding holidays outside of these decrees. The decrees are published in a national publication each year.

In these decrees, it is stated that employees of the government are entitled to the national holidays off and all government offices are closed on these days. The government encourages businesses in the private sector to honour these holidays with a day off. Payment for holidays outside of the government sector is at the option of the employer through the work contracts.

Since 2006, the government of Peru has begun to give the day prior to the holiday off to employees and has encouraged the private sector to follow suit. They believe that by extending the holidays for an extra day it will encourage local tourism and benefit the overall economy.

Cultural, Regional, Dialect, and Professional Holidays

Peru has a very rich cultural history and a very diverse population. There are many holidays that are celebrated throughout the country that are based on specific cultures and history. Some of these holidays extend back over a thousand years. While the government of Peru is very proud of its heritage, it does not recognise these holidays as national events. Government offices are open during these celebrations.

Bank holidays are often declared to coincide with national holidays. However, there are times that the banks are open while the government is closed and closed while the government is open. Since banks are in the private sector, they are not regulated by national holidays.

Regional celebrations often occur throughout the country. These usually occur with culturally based celebrations. Participation in these events is encouraged, but they are not considered national holidays. Government offices remain open during these events unless they are held at the same time as a national holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
13 AprThuMaundy Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonLabor Day
29 JunThuSt. Peter and St. Paul
28 JulFriIndependence Day
29 JulSatIndependence Day Holiday
30 AugWedSanta Rosa de Lima
8 OctSunBattle of Angamos
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception
25 DecMonChristmas Day