Independence Day in Guatemala in 2024

Independence Day in Guatemala in 2024
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  Dates of Independence Day in Guatemala
2025 Guatemala Mon, Sep 15 National Holiday
2024 Guatemala Sun, Sep 15 National Holiday
2023 Guatemala Fri, Sep 15 National Holiday
2022 Guatemala Thu, Sep 15 National Holiday
2021 Guatemala Wed, Sep 15 National Holiday

Commemorates independence of the Central American provinces from Spanish rule in 1821

  Local name
Día de la Independencia

When is Guatemalan Independence Day?

This public holiday is Guatemala's National Day and is always celebrated on September 15th.

Independence Day in Guatemala commemorates the independence of the Central American provinces from Spanish rule on this day in 1821.

History of Guatemalan Independence Day

The territory of modern Guatemala was once the heart of the Maya civilization, which extended across Mesoamerica.

Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado in the first half of the 16th century, becoming part of the viceroyalty of New Spain.

Did you know?

Guatemala was the original source for potatoes, corn, chili peppers, and avocados.

In the first decade of the nineteenth century, Spain had been weakened by its involvement in the Peninsular War in Europe and local juntas had been created as local Spanish had revolted against the rule of King Joseph, Napoleon's brother who was installed as ruler of Spain by the French in 1808.

This taste for independent rule persisted after King Ferdinand came to the Spanish throne and on September 15th 1821, the Act of Independence of Central America was declared by the Province of Guatemala.

Following independence and despite opposition from El Salvador, the regions became part of the Mexican Empire, until they ceded to become the Federal Republic of Central America in 1823.

How is Guatemalan Independence Day Celebrated?

Today, school parades traditionally commence with vibrant processions lined with the white and blue Guatemalan flag. Children perform traditional marimba routines accompanied by customary dances from revellers dressed in trajes—costumes of long skirts and colourful lace shirts featuring traditional Mayan designs.

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