Independence Day in Chile in 2019

Independence Day in Chile in 2019
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 65 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Chile
2021Chile Sat, Sep 18National Holiday
2020Chile Fri, Sep 18National Holiday
2019Chile Wed, Sep 18National Holiday
2018Sep 17, Sep 18
ChileTue, Sep 18National Holiday
ChileMon, Sep 17National Holiday (bridge day)
2017Chile Mon, Sep 18National Holiday
  Summary
On 18 September 1810, Chile broke from Spanish rule, declaring their independence. The Spanish had ruled Chile since the middle of the Sixteenth Centur
  Local name
Día de la Independencia

When is it?

This public holiday is always celebrated in Chile on 18 September and marks the date when the Chilean people declared independence from Spain.

It is Chile's National Day and along with Christmas, this period is the most important holiday time in the year in Chile.

History of the holiday

On 18 September 1810, Chile broke from Spanish rule, declaring their independence. The Spanish had ruled Chile since the middle of the Sixteenth Century. The movement to independence had been driven by other South American countries revolting against colonial rule, the French and Spanish warring in Europe and the appointment of an unpopular Governor in 1808.

While Chileans celebrate their independence on 18 September, their declaration in 1810 was the start of a long struggle and the Chilean war of Independence lasted for eight years before Chile could officially proclaim independence on 12 February 1818. Indeed, it wasn't until 1826 when the last Spanish troops holding out on a remote island finally surrendered to Chilean forces.

With Independence Day being immediately followed by another public holiday (see below), the whole week around those days tends to be a period of celebration. Many schools and some companies will declare a week long holiday.

The events around the struggle for Independence are remembered with the 'Fiestas Patrias' (national parties). These fiestas include parades (often including 'huasos', the traditional Chilean cowboys), dancing, partying, traditional Chilean food, and displays of national pride.

Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army

19 September, the day after Independence Day is also a national holiday in Chile. It is effectively the grand finale of the Independence celebrations.

It culminates in the Great Military Parade of Chile, led by the Chilean Armed Forces, which commemorates the glories of the Chilean Army, in Santiago's O'Higgins Park.

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