Holidays in Chile in 2019
This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Chile. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
|Date||Weekday||Holiday Name||Holiday Type||Description and comments|
|January 1||Tuesday||New Year's Day||Public holiday||
The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.
|February 14||Thursday||St. Valentine's Day||Observance||
Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.
|April 18||Thursday||Maundy Thursday||Observance||
Christian holiday falling on the Thursday before Easter, which commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles
|April 19||Friday||Good Friday||Public holiday||
Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday
|April 20||Saturday||Holy Saturday||Public holiday||
Christian holiday which commemorates the day that Jesus' body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell. It's the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter.
|April 21||Sunday||Easter Sunday||Observance||
Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.
|May 1||Wednesday||International Workers' Day||Public holiday||
It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.
|May 21||Tuesday||Navy Day||Public holiday||
Chilean national holiday. The day was selected to commemorate the Battle of Iquique, which occurred on Wednesday, May 21, 1879 during the War of the Pacific.
|June 29||Saturday||Feast of Saints Peter and Paul||Public holiday||
A liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul. If it falls on a weekend the date may change.
|July 16||Tuesday||Our Lady of Mount Carmel||Public holiday||
The day to honor Blessed Virgin Mary as the patron saint of Chile.
|August 15||Thursday||Assumption of Mary||Public holiday||
The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).
|September 18||Wednesday||Independence Day||Public holiday||
Celebrates the establishment of the First Government Council in 1810. First day of Fiestas Patrias.
|September 19||Thursday||Army Day (Español)||Public holiday||
A national holiday celebrated in honor of the military forces. Second day of Fiestas Patrias.
|October 12||Saturday||Columbus Day||Public holiday||
Celebrations honoring Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492. Usually celebrated on October 12, but may be moved depending on what day of the week it falls on.
|October 31||Thursday||Reformation Day||Public holiday||
A Protestant Christian religious holiday celebrated in remembrance of the onset of the Reformation. Usually celebrated on 31 October, except in Chile when it may be moved to a Friday based on the day of the week it falls on
|November 1||Friday||All Saints' Day||Public holiday||
Commemoration day for all Christian saints
|December 8||Sunday||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||Public holiday||
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the solemn celebration of belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
|December 25||Wednesday||Christmas Day||Public holiday||
Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches
|December 31||Tuesday||New Year's Eve||Observance||
The final day of the Gregorian year