Feast Of Saint Peter And Saint Paul

The Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is a holiday observed on the Monday after St. Peter and St. Paul Day in Colombia. This holiday commemorates the martyrdom of the two saints, who, according to tradition, were martyred on the same day on June 29th. That is why this holiday is celebrated in every other country on this date.

In Colombia, however, it is moved to a Monday in July so that Colombians will have an extended weekend. This is a common practice in Colombia, and many religious holidays are moved to the following Monday. In Colombia, this holiday is known as Fiestas de San Pedro y San Pablo.

The History of the Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul

Peter was the leader of Jesus’s apostles and would become the first pope, and Paul converted to Christianity while he was on the road to Damascus. They were both imprisoned in the Mamertine Prison of Rome, and it is believed that Roman Emperor Nero ordered their deaths.

They would both be killed on the same day, with St. Peter being crucified and St. Paul being beheaded with a sword. Paul received a quicker execution because he was a Roman citizen, but Peter had to suffer the painful death of crucifixion. St. Peter requested that he be crucified head downwards because he did not feel he was worthy to be executed in the same way as Jesus. This is probably one of the oldest feast days in Christianity.

Observing the Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul

In Colombia, this day is a public holiday, so government offices and businesses are closed on this day. It is also a day on which many people attend religious services and offer up prayers for St. Peter and St. Paul. It is also a good day for Christians to contemplate their theological customs and to attend feasts at the homes of friends and family members.

Where is it celebrated?
Colombia (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
July 1 Monday
Next year (2025)
June 30 Monday
Last year (2023)
July 3 Monday