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Where Chileans Celebrate the Fiestas Patrias: Ramadas and Fondas

During Chile’s fiestas patrias, the country is full of national pride and celebration.

During this week, you’ll find ramadas and fondas appearing throughout the country. Fondas are often found in open, outdoor areas that could be compared to fairgrounds or carnivals set apart for partying during the independence day celebrations.

Ramada literally translates to a tree branch. As you can see in the following picture, temporary structures are made with roofs of tree branches covering a dance floor or tables for eating.

photo by dgtx

The ramadas and fondas are decorated with Chilean flags everywhere: table covers, streamers, banners, etc.

The fondas include refreshment and food stands where you’ll find traditional Chilean foods and the typical staples of the fiestas patrias: antichuchos, empanadas, and chicha.

These areas typically fill up with people during the evenings of the week of September 18th and are an annual tradition.

Fondas in Santiago

You’ll find a great list of fondas in the capital city, Santiago, here.

Fondas Across Chile

If you speak some Spanish, you’ll find some more information about fondas and ramadas across Chile on these pages: has a list and another here.

Posted September 14th, 2009 in Culture.

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