Peru celebrates some 3,000 festivals a year.
Most of them are held in homage to a patron saint and are
part of the Christian calendar adopted in colonial times,
although they have blended with the magical beliefs of ancient
forms of worship.
These religious festivals occur alongside
pagan celebrations dating back to ancestral
myths in native communities in the jungle, as well
as dozens of festivals created over the following centuries.
Peru is a naturally a religious
country: a diversity of beliefs and freedom of worship
can be seen from the wide range of festivals and rituals that
feature both Catholic fervor and the mysticism of age-old