Peru and Bolivia are celebrating all year over 3000 popular festivals, and part of the cultural heritage of these countries. Most are commemorating a religious patron saint of the colonial period and mixed with local beliefs and pagan times. The celebrations combine processions and folk performances. Some ancestral rites breed as Incas celebrated them.
Clothing, language, architecture and lifestyles of indigenous peoples still largely reflect the pre-colonial traditions of the ancestors of Bolivians and Peruvians, partly mixed with Spanish customs. Their dress is colorful and suited to life at high altitude. Holidays and religious festivals are the subject of dancing and festivities.
On the occasion of large gatherings such as religious festivals, ensembles play music on wind instruments and percussion. The directory includes both popular musicians of the music of composers known as pieces handed down from generation to generation. The wind instrument is the most important Quena, a bamboo flute with a notch cut. The flute is also often whith the drum, which is hanging from his belt. Pan flute (siku in Quechua and antara in Aymara), the tokoro – a larger version of the Quena – tarka and are also very popular.
Calendar of holidays Peru:
January 1: Feast of the Kings of Piura.
January 18: Celebrating the anniversary of Lima. Last Updated First week of February: Feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria in Puno, great folk festival with carnival.
From March 8 to 15: Harvest Festival in Ica.
From 15 to 22 April: Holy Week in Ayacucho.
June 24: Festival of Inti Raymi (“Festival of the Sun”) in Cuzco, Inca ceremony of origin.
28 and 29 July: Independence Day, celebrated across the country.
From August 15 to 22: Feast of Arequipa, in commemoration of its founding Spanish.
From August 26 to 29: Feast of Tacna.
August 30: Feast of Santa Rosa, the patron saint of Lima.
Late September: Spring Festival in Trujillo, dances, music typical of the coast.
October: Lima, procession of Señor de los Milagros (“Lord of Miracles”), patron of the city.
1 November: All Saints.
5 November: Feast of Puno.
December 25: Christmas.
In Bolivia, you will probably get to see one of the many festivals that punctuate the lives of Bolivians. Often linked to religious or political event, they are often pretexts for a reunion and good diners.
The day of Independence from Spain is August 6 (1825), the biggest event of the year.
You can also mention that blessing ritual “cha’lla” which takes place every first Friday of the month in honor of the Inca, Aymara or Christian gods. While burning incense, offerings are made on a “mesa blanca “(white table) in many cities and is an opportunity to discuss with family and friends at home.
We can also talk about the “Fiesta de la Cruz” (Feast of the Cross) which takes place the first week of May all around Titicaca Lake.