Peru Independence Day 2019 – Today’s Doodle celebrates Fiestas Patrias, Perú’s week-long observance of national pride in this diverse and vibrant South American nation rich with ancient historic sites and natural wonders, from the Amazon rainforest to the Andes mountains. On this day in 1821, freedom fighter José de San Martín declared the territory of Perú independent from Spain, bringing an end to three centuries of colonial rule.
Beginning on the evening of July 27th, Lima’s Plaza de Armas, the site of San Martin’s bold declaration, along with other prominent locations like the Parque de la Muralla, will kick off the festivities. Expect music and dance—ranging from folklóricos and Afro-Peruvian songs to reggaeton—as well as traditional food like seafood ceviche and Creole Cau Cau. A 21-gun salute and flag-raising ceremony will set a patriotic mood on the 28th, capped by a fireworks display at midnight. On the 29th, the holiday wraps up with a grand military parade marching down Avenida Brazil from Magdalena del Mar to Centro de Lima.
Fiestas Patrias, celebrated all throughout Peru, starts as early as July 25th in Perú’s former capital Arequipa with the feast of St. James, also known as Santiago. This city in the southern Andes is at the heart of criollo culture, priding itself as the cradle of Perú’s independence movement.
¡Felices Fiestas Patrias!
You can find more about Peru Independence Day 2019 on the official Google Doodle Page