Peruvians celebrate 200 years of independence

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Peruvians commemorate their culture and country every year on July 28 in celebrating their country’s Independence day. 

On July 28, 1821, Gen. Jose de San Martin liberated Perú and declared independence from Spain saying the famous words at Plaza Mayor de Lima:

“Desde este momento el Perú es Libre e Independiente por la voluntad general de los pueblos y por la justicia de su causa que Dios defiende. ¡VIVA LA PATRIA!, ¡VIVA LA LIBERTAD!, ¡VIVA LA INDEPENDENCIA!.” said San Martin.

Local celebrations

Fabiola Giguere, Peruvian business owner of Achiq Designs in Cheshire, who came from Perú to the United States 31 years ago, said that although she doesn’t live in Peru anymore, she still takes pride in her country and celebrates in her own way here in the United States. 

“I gather my family here and cook dinner which consists of Peruvian food,” Giguere said. She says on days like these, where it’s family oriented, she starts to miss her family in Perú and she takes the time to reach out to them through phone and video calls. 

“For every country, their independence day is important,” says Giguere. She is actively involved in the Peruvian community in Connecticut and loves to represent her culture by involving herself in the Peruvian American Association of New Haven. 

Giovanni Morales, collaborator of the Peruvian American Association, says he will be celebrating the day at his home with his family which consists of his wife, son, and two daughters. 

“My daughters love to find recipes online and for independence day they will be making a Peruvian dish called Pollo a la Brasa,” Morales said.  

Celebrations in Perú

According to Morales, Perú celebrates their independence day in two days, called Fiestas Patrias, by hosting parades, parties, masses, and concerts.

On the night of the 27th, music can already be heard on the streets preparing for the celebration with the flag of Perú flying from every house and building. 

“On July 28, in Plaza De Armas, the president gives a speech where they address the people of Perú and gives them updates on how the country is doing,” Morales said. This year, since an election was held in April, Pedro Castillo, the president-elect will be sworn in as President the same day.

That night, nearly every plaza will hold traditional dances, music, and serve all sorts of food, including popular street foods such as picarones, papas rellena, salchipapa, and the most popular, anticuchos, which is skewered and grilled cow heart. 

The next day on July 29, it’s a day to honor the Peruvian Military and National Police. 

“All branches of the military come out to represent themselves and the national police is invited to march the parade,” said Morales. The service branches that walk are the Peruvian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Joint Command. 

The ceremonies are only held for those two days but locals can continue celebrating days after.

Celebration in Connecticut

On Sunday, August 1, the Peruvian American Association will be holding an event to celebrate Peruvian independence at the New Haven Green located at 250 Temple St. The event will also be held through Facebook Live on their page called Asociacion Peruana Americana de New Haven

The nonprofit organization was founded in 2004 and every year around July 28th, the organization hosts an event regarding Perú independence. 

“The event will be held from 1 until around 3:30,” said Juan Andrich, the President of the Peruvian American Association.

During the event, the Peruvian flag is raised and the mayor of New Haven is invited along with the Peruvian Counsel from Hartford and priests from local churches. 

“This is an event we celebrate greatly because our people love Peru,” said Andrich. “It’s a fun event.”

Kaitlyn Campos, president of the Peruvian Student Association at the University of Connecticut, attends the event regularly and says that the event is truly for Peruvians.They serve traditional foods and play traditional music from Peru to celebrate their culture.

“We have cultural dances from Peru like Marinera and Saya,” said Campos. 

In addition, small ceremonies are held where the association recognizes and celebrates first-gen students who are Peruvian.

“We have our own celebration,” said Campos. 


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