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Top 10 Must-Do Things to Celebrate Chile’s Birthday


Fiestas Patrias

Chile’s Fiestas Patrias are upon us. These are the annual celebrations of all things Chilean.

For the entire week around September 18th, Chileans across the country party and celebrate their country.

There are many traditional activities that happen during the Fiestas Patrias. Perhaps you have some favorites.

Here are my top ten favorite things to do during the Fiestas Patrias:

1. Eat an empanada. Here’s an easy cheese empanada recipe.

2. Dance la Cueca, Chile’s national dance, although I’ll admit I have to be retaught every time!

3. Go to the Chilean rodeo

4. Attend a parade.

5. Go to a fonda / ramada.

6. Eat some delicious food at a typical Chilean barbecue

7. Fly a hand-made kite.

8. Play a traditional Chilean game like Rayuela.

9. Sing Chile’s national anthem or the unofficial national anthem “Si vas para Chile”.

10. Try and count the nearly infinite number of Chilean flags I see flying every where.

What is your favorite thing to do to celebrate Chile’s Fiestas Patrias?

Posted September 5th, 2013 in Culture.

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4 Comments

  1. Nancy said:

    I think you’ve named them all. We were wondering if you knew of any fiestas patrias celebrations happening in Salt Lake/Provo area this weekend. We’ve gone to the one at the Cultural Celebration center in West Valley but their lines have gotten too long.

    September 15, 2011

  2. John Howard said:

    Personally I will be drinking pisco sours and listening to Chilean music while looking at my pictures that I took over the last 11 years. (I am retired and spend Nov. to May in Chile)

    September 15, 2011

  3. Pepe said:

    @Nancy – These may good places to look for Utah based celebrations:
    http://www.chilenosutah.com/18septiembre.html
    https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22533404351&v=wall
    http://www.tuchileaqui.com/usautchenut.html

    September 15, 2011

  4. Pepe said:

    @John – enjoy the celebrations! Viva Chile!

    September 15, 2011

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