Sts. Peter and Paul Day

Sts. Peter and Paul Day

June 29
It is said that St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred on June 29, and for this reason their names have been linked in various observances around the world. In Malta, the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul is a harvest festival known as Mnarja. In Peru, the Día de San Pedro y San Pablo is celebrated in fishing villages because St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen. Processions of decorated boats carrying an image of the saint are common, and sometimes a special floating altar is set up, with decorations made out of shells and seaweed.
In Valparaíso, Chile, this sort of procession has been going on since 1682.
In Trinidad fishermen first go out to catch fish to give to the poor and as they return, the Anglican priest blesses them and the sea. Then the partying begins. After the priest leaves, bongo and bele dances are done to honor St. Peter.
CONTACTS:
Commission for the Promotion of Peru
Calle Uno Oeste No. 50, piso 13th
Urb. Corpac
Lima, 27 Peru
51-1-4224-3131
www.promperu.gob.pe
Chilean Tourism Board
Providencia Ave., 2nd Fl.
Santiago, 1550 Chile
56-2-731-8419; fax: 56-2-236-1417
www.visit-chile.org/index.php?lang=eng
Tourism and Industrial Development Company (Trinidad and Tobago) Ltd.
29 Tenth Ave.
Barataria1, Trinidad and Tobago
868-675-70347; fax: 868-638-7962
www.tdc.co.tt
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 488
BkFest-1937, pp. 7, 151, 171, 294, 331
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 155
DictWrldRel-1989, pp. 563, 566
FestWestEur-1958, p. 14
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 408
OxYear-1999, pp. 269, 270
SaintFestCh-1904, p. 308

Celebrated in: Peru