Peru's federal government has planned a major project for October 21st. With the help of countless census workers, they will attempt to count and take statistical information from every home in Peru. October 21st has actually been declared "National Census Day." In order to make the count possible, every family is required to stay home from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. All stores, gas stations, markets and commercial establishments must be closed. No alcoholic beverages can be consumed in the country that day. It is basically going to be a nation wide 10 hour curfew. It should make for a calm day around town! I have yet to hear anyone explain how it is going to be possible to take a census of an entire country in ten hours. I'll let you know if they every arrive at our home!
We will also not be allowed to have churches services during those hours. It is a reminder that we should be thankful for the religious freedoms that we normally have here in Peru.