Most holidays in Chile are related to religion, in particular the Catholic religion, and historical events. More than 70% of the population in Chile is Roman Catholic. Over the past few decades the Evangelical and Protestant faiths have been gaining ground accounting for 15% of the population who declare themselves as belonging to those religions according to Chile’s National Statistics Institute (INE). To recognize their increasing importance in 2008 the government established a new official public holiday, Reformation Day, celebrating the Evangelical and Protestant churches.
|1-January||New Year's Day|
Good Friday and Holy Saturday
|27-June||Saint Peter and Paul|
|16-July||Virgen del Carmen|
|15-August||Assumption of Mary|
|10-October||Columbus Day known as Dia de la Raza|
|Last week of October||Reformation Day. Day of the Protestant and Evangelical Churches|
Chile celebrates many festivals that have roots in religion and history alike. They reflect their culture, heritage and tradition.
A Chile history timeline that helps understand historical events.
Memorable and important places and cultural insights of Chile.