Peru celebrates some 3,000 festivals a year. These are some of the most vibrant in the Americas and a highlight of virtually any visit.
The festivals in Peru have different motives. Some are religious celebrations honoring Christ, the Virgin Mary and the patron saints. In these are solemn processions like the Holy week in Ayacucho or the procession of the Lord of the Miracles in Lima. Other motives are celebrations for the harvests, the spring season and the carnivals.
A unique festival in the world is the competition of caballo de paso a fine breed of horses with a tipping gait that has made them known worlwide.
In rural areas of the country, where life can be extremely difficult and poverty is widespread, these festivals are appropriate escapes for many peruvians to enjoy. The food is abundant as well as the alcoholic drinks, usually chicha, a drink made from fermented maize. It is amazing the variety of intrincated handmade costumes as well as the impressive masks exhibiting in some festivals.