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|Marks Quito's declaration of independence from Spain in 1809|
This national public holiday is celebrated on 10 August. In Spanish, it is known as 'Día del Primer Grito de Independencia de Quito' and marks Quito's declaration of independence from Spain in 1809. It is Ecuador's National Day.
Spanish colonisation of Ecuador began in the middle of the sixteenth century and in 1563 Quito, the modern day capital city of Ecuador, became an administrative region of Spain. Ecuador is Spanish for equator, which neatly describes Ecuador's place on the globe.
After nearly three hundred years of Spanish rule, the citizens of Quito were the first in Latin America to rebel and declare independence on 10 August 1809. This independence was short-lived and was suppressed by the Spanish in 24 days. However, the efforts of this small city was seen as a key milestone in the movement across Central and South America that would eventually lead to independence from the Europe.
In Ecuador, on 9 October 1820, Guayaquil became the first city to gain its independence from Spain. This event is now celebrated with its own national holiday. The rest of Ecuador celebrated independence following victory at the Battle of Pichincha under the command of Simón Bolívar, on 24 May 1822.
Did you know?
Quito is the highest official capital city in the world. La Paz in Bolivia is higher, but it is the administrative capital, with Sucre, the official capital being lower than Quito.
Celebrations for this holiday are not limited to Quito, with fairs, military parades and cultural events taking place across Ecuador.