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Fiestas Patrias Celebrations

Celebration of National Days

Tue Sep 17th 2019 to Sun Sep 22nd 2019 at 12:00 until 06:00
Chile, In all the Country

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September brings spring to Chile and with it the days of celebration of Chile's independence from Spain. Technically the independence celebration is September 18, also known as the Dieciocho—which means 18 in Spanish. However, Chileans don't just celebrate on one day— Fiestas Patrias festivities usually begin one week before September 18th.
The country celebrates Fiestas Patrias with parades, festivities, food, music, and beverages.
Much of the drinking, music, and dancing occurs in the ramadas, open-air 'buildings' with a dance floor under a thatched roof, or one made traditionally with branches, as in traditional shelters. Refreshment stands, fondas, offer a variety of national food favorites.

The History of Fiestas Patrias

From the northern deserts to the southern tip of Chile, Chileans party in remembrance of the day in 1810 that the Chilean criollo leaders proclaimed limited self-government during the Napoleonic Wars on the Iberian Peninsula.
Actual independence came in April 1818, but the Dieciocho is a treasured and proud celebration for Chileans. The scents of asados, or open pit barbecues, empanadasbaking, and other favorite national dishes fill the air. Music, particularly the patriotic sounds of the national anthem and other favorites, is everywhere. Cueca competitions are a ritual, as much as the dance itself.
Wine, and chicha flow. Medialunas, the semi-circular arenas used in the rodeos, fill with spectators cheering the huasos who demonstrate their skill. Folkloric demonstrations of dance, costume, and legends bring in the crowds.

I de Tarapacá 
II de Antofagasta 
III de Atacama 
IV de Coquimbo 
V de Valparaíso 
VI del Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins 
VII del Maule 
VIII de Concepción 
IX de la Araucanía 
X de Los Lagos 
XI de Aysén del General Carlos Ibañez del Campo 
XII de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena 
Metropolitana de Santiago 
XIV de Los Ríos 
XV de Arica y Parinacota 
XVI del Ñuble 



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