Public & National Holidays in Chile

Most of the holidays in Chile are religion based, as the local populace is mostly Catholic Christian. The region also takes pride in its history with holidays celebrated to commemorate the army and the navy.


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    Holidays in January

    1st - New Year’s Day

    Like in every other country of the world, the New Year’s Day is an official holiday declared by the state. Nearly all of the commerce and industrial activity is put to a halt with an exception of hospitals and major grocery stores.

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    Holidays in March

    29th - Good Friday

    It’s a Christian religious holiday commemorating the cruxification of Jesus Christ. The term ‘good’ is linked with the day to significance it’s holy importance, rather than the happenings of the event.

    30th - Holy Saturday

    It’s another day that is linked with the death of Jesus Christ after his cruxification. The holiday is announced to honour Jesus Christ and his efforts to save mankind while giving up his own worldly life. The two days (29 & 30 May) are both official state holidays.

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    Holidays in May

    1st - Labour Day

    The Labour Day is an official holiday in the country, which is also implied in most of the nations around the world. The holiday is declared to honour the working community, with most of the industries, banks and other commerce centres being closed on this day.

    21st - Navy Day

    The May 21 was declared as an official holiday to commemorate the sailors that died fighting for their country in the Battle of Iquique. The battle was fought between the Chilean and Peruvian Navy in 1879, in which the latter defeated the Chileans.

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    Holidays in June

    29th - Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

    It’s to commemorate and honour the death of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Rome, who were killed by the ordered of the Republic. It’s also a national holiday.

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    Holidays in July

    16th - Our Lady of Mount Caramel

    The holiday was established in 2007, and has replaced the Corpus Christi since its commemoration. The day is celebrated to honour the Virgin Mary for her role as the patroness of the Carmelite Order.

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    Holidays in September

    18th - Independence Day

    It’s the commemoration of the moment when the people of Chile declared their independence. Most offices and educational institutions declare an entire of holidays for celebrating the Independence Day.

    19th - Army Day

    It’s an official holiday commemorated to honour the military forces for their services in the name of protecting the country and its citizens by laying down their lives in the pursuit of doing it so.

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    Holidays in October

    12th - Columbus Day

    It was this very day when the Spanish explorer, Christopher Columbus first set his foot on the American continent. Many Latin and South American countries celebrate this day, with it being a public holiday in most of the countries in the region.

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    Holidays in November

    1st - All Saints Day

    It’s a holiday to enjoy the great feast held in honour of all the Saints, with the day being known as the All Saints Day. The event is celebrated throughout most of the Christian community with real fervor.

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    Holidays in December

    8th - Immaculate Conception

    The day is celebrated as a holiday for the when the Virgin Mary conceived Jesus Christ.

    25th - Christmas Day

    As a Christian state, the government declares Christmas as an official holiday. The day is full of festivities for the local populace, as families and friends get together to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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