In Peru, as throughout Latin America, Easter and all Holy Week is a time of much religious and cultural celebration. In fact, in Peru, not only Easter Sunday but also Holy Thursday and Good Friday are public holidays.
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Holy Week is the final week of Roman Catholic Lent, leading up to the breaking of the 40-day fast with the arrival of Easter. Palm Sunday, a week before Easter, looks back to Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem; Holy Thursday is the day when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet; Good Friday is the day on which Christ died on the cross for sinners; and Holy Saturday is the full day Jesus spent in the sealed tomb.
Many in Peru will attend religious services not only on Easter but also attend midnight vigils on Holy Saturday. Some will go to mass on Good Friday and other points during Holy Week as well. Easter in Peru is not nearly so commercialised as in most Western countries.
There will also be special events in various cities of Peru during Easter time. In Cuzco, there is a parade on Easter Monday, wherein a large statute of Jesus is carried through town and flowers are thrown at it. There are re-enactments of Palm Sunday and more in Ayacucho. And Judas Iscariot is burned in effigy in Arequipa.