What Are Some Public Chilean Holidays?


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Some public holidays in Chile are Holy Saturday, Easter, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Day and Reformation Day. Other public holidays are Navy Day, All Saints' Day, the Day of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas Day.

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Holy Saturday marks the day that Jesus Christ lay in his tomb after he was crucified, while Easter marks the day that Jesus was resurrected.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul day occurs on June 29. The day was created to acknowledge the martyrdom of the two saints and apostles. Peter was the first pope, and the leader of the apostles, and Paul was an apostle who converted to Christianity. Both were killed due to the orders of Emperor Nero. If the holiday falls on a weekend, it may be celebrated on another day in Chile.

Reformation Day, called Día Nacional de las Iglesias Evangélicas y Protestantes in Chile, was established as a holiday in 2008. It marks the day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenburg in 1517. By posting these protestations, a religious revolt known as the Reformation started, resulting in the spread of these ideas across western Europe. This lead to the establishment of the Protestant church.

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