Today, July 28th, marks the day that Peru gained its independence from Spain with the help of General Jose de San Martin, known as Peru’s liberator. Along with Christmas, Fiestas Patrias is one of the most important celebrations of the year for Peruvians.
The celebration Fiestas Patrias in Peru coincides with the vacation periods for the local schools as well as some businesses. So, our girls are enjoying a few weeks of vacation from school and are enjoying the extra relaxation and play.
At dawn on the 28th a 21 cannon salute traditionally begins flag-raising ceremonies as Peru remembers the anniversary of its birth. This morning at 6:30am, the Smith household was awoken by the sound of cannon-like fires which began our fun day!