Fiestas Patrias Celebration: Peruvian Independence Day 2020
Posted on 25 July 2020
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Peru’s Independence Day celebrations, known as the Fiestas Patrias, takes place over the course of two days, and both are national holidays in Peru. For the entire month of July, the Peruvian flag is flown outside both public and private buildings.
The sense of national pride is certainly not limited to the Peruvian capital and across the entire country, the streets and main squares come alive with parades, fairs, and a general spirit of celebration.
July 28 is the actual day of independence, while July 29 is set aside in honor of the Armed Forces and National Police of Peru. Military parades occur throughout the nation, including the Gran Parada Militar del Peru (the Great Military Parade), which is attended by the President.
Despite the wars of independence being fought across Latin America in the early 19th century, Peru remained loyal to the Spanish crown. During the War of Peruvian Independence, Peru, and particularly Lima, was a stronghold for royalists and one of the last Spanish-ruled territories in South America to declare independence.
On July 28, 1821, José de San Martín occupied Lima and proclaimed Peru’s independence in front of a crowd in Lima’s Plaza de Armas. However, the newly independent nation still had to deal with resistance of royalists who did not accept defeat.
The Battle of Ayacucho in 1824 was the final act of the War of Independence for Peru and South America alike. The combined Peruvian, Chilean, Colombian, and Argentine forces were led by Antonio José de Sucre and he won the battle on the high plateau outside Ayacucho, securing a lasting independence for all.
Taquile Independence Day Celebration 2019/Deb Azer
Independence Day is always a good time to be in Peru, and although this year's celebration may look a little different, we still want to send love and good vibes to the country Huaywasi is lucky to call home. <3