New Year’s Day, January 1. Occurs during summer but celebrated as in the United States.
Navy Day, May 21. Commemorates the Battle of Iquique in 1879. Also day of a major earthquake in 1960. Some feel that its coincidence saved many lives that would otherwise have been in collapsing buildings.
Corpus Christi, Monday preceding the traditional date (Jun 7, 2004). Corpus Christi occurs on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but in Chile it is observed on the preceding Monday.
Pedro Pablo, June 29. Feast day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Observed on the preceding Monday if it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. See Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
Independence Day, September 18. Commemorates the first demands for independence in 1810. Celebrated with the national dance, the cueca and consumption of typical foods.
Armed Forces Day, September 19. Continues the Independence Day celebration. Parade along Santiago’s main avenues.
Día de la Raza, October 12. Columbus Day. Observed on the preceding Monday if it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Celebration of Hispanic and Indian inheritances.
Christmas, December 25. Occurs during summer. Celebration really begins on the 24th. Children open presents as close to midnight as their ages permit and families gather to enjoy a great meal. Some attend a midnight mass, misa de gallo, and return home to continue the celebration.
Public holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Labor Day, Corpus Christi, Pedro Pablo, Assumption, Independence Day (Sep 18-19), Día de la Raza, All Saints’ Day, Immaculate Conception, and Christmas.