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2018 National and Federal Holiday in Chile You Need to Know

If you’re anything like us at Today in Chile, we are always looking at our calendars for the next long week to make our vacations a little bit longer.

If you’re anything like us at Today in Chile, we are always looking at our calendars for the next long week to make our vacations a little bit longer. Chile is tied with Colombia with the title of “Most Federal Holidays” in South America. This 2018 This year there will be 16 national holidays and eight long weekends. The Fiestas Patrias during September bring this year five days to celebrate by law and up to eleven if you’re one of those lucky people who is studying or working in Schools or Universities.

Let’s break them down by Month. There are other days throughout the year that are very Chilean and totally worth mention. You won’t get the day off from work, but you definitely should celebrate it anyway.

January:

  • 1: New Years Day

February:

  • 8: National Piscola Day.  If you don’t have a piscola this day, you’re not Chilean enough.

March:

  • 30: Good Friday (LONG WEEKEND ALERT)
  • 31: Holy Saturday

May:

  • 1: Labor Day
  • 15: National Pisco Day: Pisco Sours, Piscolas, anything with pisco in it. This is Chile
  • 21: Navy Day (LONG WEEKEND ALERT)
  • 24: National Completo Day. This is a staple of Chilean Cuisine. Ask for an Italiano. Classic

July:

  • 2: Saint Peter and Paul Day (LONG WEEKEND ALTER)
  • 16: Virgen Carmen Day: During the process of national emancipation, this lady was historically established as the “Patron of Chile” or Mother of Chile. (LONG WEEKEND ALTER)

August:

  • 15: The Assumption of Mary into Heaven, often shortened to the Assumption and also known as the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin.

September: THE LONGEST WEEKEND!

  • 17: Fiestas Patrias. Since the 18 falls on a Tuesday, the government has been so kind to extend the holiday and let us party just a little bit more. VIVA CHILE!
  • 18: National Independence Day
  • 19: The Glories Day of the Chilean Army:

October:

  • 4: National Empanada Day. Because you have to celebrate food and Chilean empanadas are the best!
  • 15: Columbus Day (LONG WEEKEND ALERT)

November:

  • 1: All Saints Day (LONG WEEKEND ALERT)
  • 2: Day of the Evangelical and Protestant Churches

December:

  • 8: The Immaculate Conception
  • 25: Christmas

Now get to planning! Mark your calendars and let us know what are you going to be doing during these dates! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TodayinChile on your favorite social media to let us know what you’re up to that day!

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