Race Day in Chile in 2022

Race Day in Chile in 2022
Moai Statues on Easter Island, Chile. Image by Alanbritom , via Flickr

  How long until Race Day?
Race Day
  Dates of Race Day in Chile
2023 Chile Thu, Oct 12 National Holiday
2022 Chile Wed, Oct 12 National Holiday
2021 Chile Mon, Oct 11 National Holiday
2020 Chile Mon, Oct 12 National Holiday
2019 Chile Sat, Oct 12 National Holiday

Honors the indigenous people of the Americas on the date when Columbus first set foot in the Americas

  Local name
Encuentro de Dos Mundos
  Race Day in other countries
Race Day internationally

Race Day in Chile

In Chile, this holiday is officially known as the Day of the Meeting of Two Worlds.

When is this holiday?

The date of Columbus' arrival in the Americas is celebrated in Central and South America as the Día de la Raza ("day of the race"), commemorating the first encounters of Europe and Native Americans. It is a celebration of the diversity among Native Americans and Europeans.

The day commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. In the USA it is observed on the Second Monday in October.

Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his 3rd voyage in 1498. Instead, while trying to find a sea route to India, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador.

He was also not the earliest European explorer to reach the Americas, with the indisputable evidence of Norsemen having reached the mainland of North America centuries before.

The day was first celebrated in Argentina in 1917, Venezuela in 1921, Chile in 1923, Colombia in 1921 and Mexico in 1928.

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