Everybody loves a good celebration, and the kids at the future Patagonia National Park’s one-room schoolhouse are no exception! This past week, local kids and their families put on a celebration and show for Fiestas Patrias, considered by many the most important national holiday in Chile.
- All of the children, singing together
A bit of background on the holiday: every year on the 18th of September, Chileans across the nation celebrate the Fiestas Patrias, a holiday commemorating the start of the independence movement from Spain. On September 8th, 1811, the Primera Junta Nacional de Gobierno—the first independent governing body formed in Chile to promote national sovereignty–was established. Chileans began celebrating the 18th of September as early as 1811—the next year—as Chile’s strength as an independent nation took off, to be formally established on the 12th of February, 1818.
Fiestas Patrias is considered the most important holiday in Chile besides Christmas. Many communities take the whole week surrounding the 18th as a holiday. During this time of celebration, Chileans will participate in festivals, parades, performances of the national dance, the cueca, and other community events.
Here in the future Patagonia National Park, local kids and their families put on a Fiestas Patrias celebration last week at the park’s small schoolhouse. The gathering may have been small, but the energy and excitement was anything but! Throughout the day of festivities, the children dressed up in traditional clothing, and with the help of their teacher, Alejandra Bardavid, they put on colorful displays of art, singing and dancing for their parents. There were also activities that the adults got to participate in—in all, fun was had all around.
Alejandra sent us the pictures from the event. Enjoy!