Santa Rosa de Lima

Annually on the 30th of August
  • The statue of Saint Rose of Lima, patron saint of Peru, is carried on the shoulders of many men throughout her feast day. Photo courtesy of Tesa Danusantoso.

The Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima, Peru's patron saint, is celebrated August 30 as a national holiday in Peru and some Latin American countries. Elsewhere, including Spain, her feast day is celebrated August 23. The celebration in Lima, Peru, which is nationally televised, includes a daylong procession of her image through the downtown, and visits to her church and sanctuary, where believers wait in long lines to drop their petitions into a well.

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Student blogger Tesa Danusantoso shares her account of the Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima in Peru