On 28 July 1821, soldier, statesman and national hero Don José de San Martín declared Peru free of the Spanish Empire, after almost 300 years of occupation.
The military and politicians went around as many places in Peru as they could such as the Plazuela de la Merced in the capital Lima and the Convento de los Descalzos in the district of Rímac to help spread the good news.
Peru’s official holiday is usually celebrated for two days — 28 July to commemorate the declaration of independence and 29 July in honor of the Peruvian Armed Forces and National Police of Peru.
In most cases, however, Peruvians celebrate the entire month of July. Special Fiestas Patrias events such as Masses, concerts, cultural activities, fairs, gran corso (great parades) and parties are held throughout the country.
Peruvians also indulge in Ponche de los Libertadores (Liberator’s Punch) and its national drink, which is a cocktail named Pisco Sours.
In a report by Al Jazeera, Peru Interim president Francisco Sagasti extended the country’s Covid-19 state of emergency until August. It was expected to be lifted on 31 July.