Public Holidays in Chile

Public holidays

Public holidays in Chile list. Below are National public holidays in Chile .

Public holidays in Chile
Public holidays in Chile

These are Chile public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Chile as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Chile with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


Chile, located on South America’s southwestern coast, is a long, narrow country that stretches along the western edge of the continent, with more than 6,000 kilometers of Pacific Ocean shoreline. Santiago, Chile’s capital, is nestled in a valley bordered by the Andes and the Chilean Coast Range.

Chilean holidays are determined only by presidential decree and can only be modified in the same way. Some holidays have been introduced and withdrawn by different Chilean presidents. Based on these presidential decrees, the Minister of Labor will publish the official Chilean holidays for the next year.

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Employers in Chile are required by law to give their employees a day off for a nationally recognized holiday. Chilean law also requires that if an employee is unable to take the day off due to the nature of their job, they be compensated with additional pay or a substitute paid day off.

Chile is bounded on the north by Peru, the northeast by Bolivia, the east by Argentina, the Drake Passage on the south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. It has an opening to the Atlantic Ocean in the far southeast, at the end of the Strait of Magellan (Estrecho de Magallanes).

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Chile observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Chile Public Holidays

In the Chile , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Chile as a holiday.

Every year on a Chile public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

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Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

Below are the list of upcoming official Chile public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Chile

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Apr 02: Good Friday

Apr 03: Holy Saturday

May 01: Labour Day

May 09: Mother’s Day

May 21: Navy Day

Jun 20: Father’s Day

Jun 28: Saint Peter and Saint Paul Day

Jul 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Replaced Corpus Christi in 2007. Our Lady of Carmel is Mary, mother of Jesus. Carmel is a mountain in Northern Israel, where the Carmelite order was founded in the Twelfth century

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Aug 15: Assumption Day

Sep 17: Independence Day Holiday

Sep 18: Independence Day

On September 18th 1810, Chile broke from Spanish rule, declaring their independence. The Spanish had ruled Chile since the middle of the Sixteenth Century

Independence Day

Sep 19: Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army

Oct 11: Race Day

Oct 31: Reformation Day

Est. in 2008. Celebrated on Oct 31, but moved to the preceding Friday if it falls on a Tuesday, or to the following Friday if it falls on a Wednesday

Reformation Day

Nov 01: All Saints’ Day

Nov 21: Chilean presidential elections

Dec 08: Immaculate Conception Day

Dec 25: Christmas Day

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Chile happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

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Chile public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Chile gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Chile or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.