The 'fiestas patrias' (literally “patriotic parties”) are a time for all Chileans to gather together and celebrate their country, culture, and independence.
On September 18, 1810, Chile broke from Spanish rule, declaring their independence (although they still were theoretically loyal to King Ferdinand VII of Spain, then a captive of the French). This declaration eventually led to over a decade of violence and warring which did not end until the last royalist stronghold fell in 1826. September 18 is celebrated in Chile as Independence Day.
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