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Chilean Holidays

Chileans have several official holidays during the year. Some are the product of Chile's history and others are based on Catholic celebrations.

Chile's Annual Holidays:

January 1: New Year's Day
Chile welcomes in the new year with the rest of the world.
March or April: Easter and Holy Week
Traditional Christian holidays celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, includes Good Friday and the Saturday following
May 1: Labor Day or Day of the Worker
Celebrate economic and social contributions of workers. Why is May 1st a holiday in Chile?
May 21: Navy Day
Commemorates the great naval battle of Iquique and other naval victories
June 29: Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Catholic feast celebrating these saints
July 16: Fiesta de la Virgin del Carmen:
Feast celebrated by Catholics
August 15: Assumption of Mary
Catholic holiday remembering Mary's passage to heaven
September 18: Independence Day
Chile officially proclaimed independence from Spain on February 12, 1818. Nevertheless, Chileans celebrate their independence September 18th with the Fiestas Patrias.
September 19: Armed Forces Day
Honors the military and their past victories
October 12: Columbus Day (Day of the Race)
Remembers day Columbus arrived in the Americas
October 31: Reformation Day
Day of the Evangelical and Protestant Churches
November 1: All Saints Day
Catholic holiday celebrating all saints and martyrs
December 8: Immaculate Conception
Catholic holiday remembering the virgin Mary
mid-December: Public Holiday (Presidential Elections)
During presidential election years, a public holiday is declared for voting to take place.
December 25: Christmas Day
Christmas in Chile brings Santa, family time, and fun.

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