Peru is to live such many experiences and memories for the rest of your life. As well as we offer a quantity of beautiful places to visit; in the same way Peruvians keep many traditions in the special holidays; especially for Christmas and New Year.
Before the special Christmas dinner is feasted, one of the more common traditions on December 24th is the revelation of Christ. For this event, a small baby statue of Jesus is covered with a blanket and then taken out at midnight, symbolizing the birth of Jesus Christ. Another focal point of Christmas decorations in Peruvian homes is the Nativity manger. Also known as a pesebre, the Nativity scenes are usually intricately carved out of pottery, wood, or huamanga stone. Family gifts are spread around the manger instead of a Christmas tree, and on La Noche Buena one lucky family member is chosen to put a figurine of Christ into the manger. The dinner could be turkey, pig, chicken, guinea pig or fish, depending on the region (Andes, Coast, Amazon). After the special dinner, families will go to Midnight mass o Misa del Gallo. Also, aong the lot of customs, a traditional Peruvian Christmas meal will include turkey, tamales, salads, applesauce, and a sweet bread called Panettone. Gifts are exchanged either before or after the meal and family members usually hug, kiss, and thank the gift-giver before opening their present.
One of the most fortunate traditions is the 12 grapes tradition. When the clock strikes twelve, it is a custom to eat twelve grapes, one for each month to come, while making a secret wish. You get one wish per grape so (one wish per grape!). The color of clothes that you wear New Year’s Eve are important in Peru, which is normally formal and bright. Wearing new clothes in specific colors signify your desires for the upcoming year: yellow for luck and happiness (the most popular), green for money, red for love, and white for health or fertility. Yellow (particularly underpants) are especially popular in Lima. Sprinkling rice around the house is supposed to bring money, luck, and fertility.
Among other traditional customs, to keep your hands out of your pockets! Your Peruvian friends will be filling them with lentils, wheat, and cinnamon to bring you money, prosperity, and love, respectively, for the next year. But don’t forget to empty your pockets the next morning — you need to keep these common kitchen ingredients safe all year round to secure your good fortune. Also, writing down five wishes and dipping each in a glass of champagne is supposed to make them come true.
No matter how you want to spend your New Year’s, Peru has something for you. If you decide to spend your New Year’s Eve in Peru, you have plenty of options to choose from. You can spend your night getting crazy in one of Peru’s large cities such as Cusco or Lima, or you can take it easy and spend your time enjoying Peru’s beautiful landscape and ruins. Cusco is the perfect place to be for any celebration, but especially for Christmas and New Year’s. The city has an interesting mix of Catholic and Incan traditions that are mixed together to spectacular effect during the holiday season. For New Year’s, Cusco comes to party. There are fireworks that go off all day – literally all day – and everyone heads to the Plaza de Armas and the surrounding clubs. Prepare to party all night.
Also, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a holy land, and a great place to begin the New Year. You’ll be able to relax in the grassy valleys, hike mountainsides, and see snowy mountain peaks.
The beaches in the north of Peru, specially Marcora, is one of the party capitals of Peru and is the place where most Peruvians and tourists go on holiday.
Come to Peru for any celebration you may have or to celebrate the worldwide holidays as Christmas and New Year. Peru is for you