Holidays in Chile are taken seriously. Depending on the holiday, many business close down including grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies. Included in this list are the traditional holidays celebrated along with several religious holidays.
January 1: New Year’s Day
Good Friday/Holy Saturday /Easter – Traditional Christian holidays celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, includes Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
May 1: Labor Day (of the worker) – Celebrate economic and social contributions of workers in Chile
May 21: Navy Day – Commemorates the great naval battle of Iquique (a conflict between Chile, Peru and Bolivia) and other naval victories
June 29: St. Peter and St. Paul – Catholic feast celebrating these Saints
July 16: Fiesta de la Virgin del Carmen – Our Lady of Mount Carmen – A feast celebrated by Catholics
August 15: Assumption of Mary – Catholic holiday remembering Mary’s passage to heaven
September 18: Independence Day – Chile officially proclaimed independence from Spain on February 12, 1818. However, Chileans celebrate their independence September 18th with the Fiestas Patrias.
September 19: Army Day – Honors the Armed Forces and their past victories
October (2nd Monday of the month): Columbus Day (Dia de La Raza) – Remembers day Columbus arrived in the Americas
October 31: Reformation Day – Day of the Evangelical and Protestant Churches
November 1: All Saints’ Day – Catholic holiday celebrating all saints and martyrs
December 8: Immaculate Conception Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 31: New Year’s Eve/Banking Holiday