Saturday, September 18, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Chile

South AmericaChileFestivals & Holidays in Chile

The festivities in Chile correspond to religious celebrations and civil commemorations. Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, the local high tourist season begins in December and ends in the first week of March. The beginning of this period is marked by two major festivals: Christmas, which is mainly celebrated with families and retains a religious aspect, and New Year’s Day, which tends to be much more lively, with large parties and fireworks in the major cities. The celebration of Good Friday retains a religious and contemplative tone, although Easter has become a typical children’s festival. The arrival of spring marks the most important civil celebration of the year: Independence Day, which is an opportunity to meet Chileans to celebrate with food and drink, traditions, dances and music.

  • 1 January – New Year
  • March and April – Good Friday – Holy Saturday – Easter
  • 1 May – International Labour Day
  • 21 May – Day of Naval Glories (Día de las Glorias Navales)
  • 29 June – Feast of St Peter and St Paul
  • 16 July – Day of the Virgin of Carmen (Día de la Virgen del Carmen)
  • 15 August – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 18 September – Fiestas Patrias
  • 19 September – Day of the Glory of the Chilean Army (Día de las Glorias del Ejército de Chile)
  • 12 October – Columbus Day
  • 31 October – National Day of Evangelical and Protestant Churches (Día Nacional de las Iglesias Evangélicas y Protestantes)
  • November – All Saints’ Day
  • 8 December – Immaculate Conception
  • 25 December – Christmas