Public Holidays in Chile
Chile, a land of diverse landscapes and vibrant traditions, celebrates a multitude of public holidays that weave together its rich cultural tapestry. These holidays reflect the country's historical significance, indigenous heritage, and the spirit of unity among its people.
New Year's Day (Año Nuevo) - January 1st
The year begins with grand festivities, fireworks, and family gatherings. Chileans welcome the New Year with a fervor that sets the tone for the months to come.
Good Friday (Viernes Santo) - Date Varies
A significant religious holiday, Good Friday is marked by solemn processions and church services, as Chileans commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Labour Day (Día del Trabajador) - May 1st
Labour Day is a time to honor workers and their contributions. Parades, rallies, and cultural events are organized across the country.
Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias) - September 18th-19th
Chile's National Day is a vibrant celebration of the country's independence from Spanish rule. Festivities include traditional music, dance, rodeos, and feasting on delicious Chilean cuisine.
Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) - October 12th
Columbus Day commemorates Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. In Chile, it is a day to celebrate indigenous cultures and their contributions.
All Saints' Day (Día de Todos los Santos) - November 1st
This day is dedicated to honoring deceased loved ones. Families visit cemeteries to pay their respects and often enjoy traditional sweets like "candy skulls."
Christmas (Navidad) - December 25th
Christmas in Chile is a time for family gatherings, festive decorations, and a special meal featuring traditional dishes like "cordero al palo" (spit-roasted lamb).
New Year's Eve (Año Nuevo) - December 31st
The year ends with a spectacular celebration, including fireworks, parties, and the tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight for good luck.
Day of the Glories of the Army (Día de las Glorias del Ejército) - September 19th
This holiday honors the Chilean Army and features military parades, ceremonies, and patriotic displays.
Day of Indigenous Peoples (Día de los Pueblos Indígenas) - Date Varies
A day dedicated to recognizing Chile's indigenous cultures, it showcases their traditional music, dance, and art.
Chile's public holidays provide a glimpse into the nation's history, religious beliefs, and the enduring importance of family and community. Whether you're captivated by the lively celebrations of Fiestas Patrias or moved by the solemnity of Good Friday, these holidays offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Chilean culture and heritage. So, plan your visit to Chile accordingly to experience the country's vibrant traditions and diverse landscapes.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Immaculate Conception Day||December 08||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Holy Saturday||March 30||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Navy Day||May 21||Tuesday||Public Holiday|