Peruvians celebrate many festivals throughout the year. A particularly important one will be celebrated this week in Lima – the Feast Day of Saint Rose of Lima on August 30th. She is said to have been a very beautiful young woman who refused marriage and devoted herself to a life of solemn life of prayer and charitable work. She is the patron saint of Lima and of Peru, the Americas, the Philippines, India, anyone who is ridiculed for their piety, and gardeners and florists. She was the first Catholic saint of the Americas, often depicted wearing a crown of roses, with the Holy Infant at her side. This week, people throughout Peru and America will celebrate Saint Rose with special masses and gatherings.