The celebration of our very international student body continues on 17th September, with our recognition of the Independence Day of Chile, Dia de la Independencia, Chile which is observed on 18th September.
The 18th September marks the day when Chilean people declared their independence from Spain in 1810. Spain had ruled over Chile since the middle of the 16th Century. The movement for independence was driven by other South American countries revolting against colonial rule.
The declaration in 1810 was the start of a long struggle, and the Chilean War of Independence lasted 8 years before Chile could officially proclaim independence on 12th February 1818.
Followed by another public holiday, ‘Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army’, the whole week tends to be a period of celebration. Fiestas Patrias (national parties) are held, including parades with ‘huasos’, traditional Chilean cowboys, dancing, partying, traditional food and displays of national pride.
Did you know?
- At 7,500 feet (2286m) above sea level, Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth.
- In Algarrobo sits the world’s largest swimming pool. It covers over 20 acres and holds over 66 million gallons of seawater!
- Chile’s Easter Island holds 7Km of subterranean lava tunnels, home to one of the most extensive cave systems in the world.
- Humboldt penguins are native to Chile.
- Chile is one of the longest countries in the world, with a coastline of around 6500 Km long!
- Chile is home to one of the oldest known mummies. It was found in Camarones Valley and is believed to be from 5050 BC!