A Peruvian family at the food market. *Photo from Wikipedia
July 28 is Fiestas Patrias, celebrates the independence of Peru from Spain by General José de San Martín in 1821.
Peruvian National Holidays, are celebrations of Peru’s independence from the Spanish Empire. Along with Christmas, Fiestas Patrias is one of the most important celebrations of the year for Peruvians.
The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty with its capital in Lima, which included most of its South American colonies. Ideas of political autonomy later spread throughout Spanish America and Peru gained its independence, which was formally proclaimed in 1821 after the occupation by military campaigns of José de San Martín and Simón Bolívar and only after the battle of Ayacucho (a decisive military encounter during the Peruvian War of Independence), three years after proclamation, Peru ensured its independence.
Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean.
In commemoration of the day, we introduce you to a Japanese fashion designer who visited Peru and Chile to do the cultural exchange with people in the countries.
*Click the photo below and follow her tracks!
“I felt that people in Peru had a firm identity. I think that is because of the culture of the Incan Empire and Machu Picchu is rooted in the country.” – Mayuko Ban, Fashion Designer