Every year, on September 18, Chile celebrates Independence Day in grand style to commemorate the beginning of the process of Independence from the Spanish Crown. Commonly known as "the eighteenth" (in allusion to the date), most of the major celebrations take place around the 18th and 19th, but the festivities can last up to a week. The vast majority of Chileans celebrate this holiday with barbeques and "fondas", enjoying traditional foods and drinks such as empanadas and chicha. Fondas are parties that are usually held in large locations and parks. The largest fondas, such as the one in Parque O'Higgins in Santiago, attract hundreds of people to their decorated tents, their jubilant atmosphere, and to the sound of the national dance: the cueca.
18/September - 19/September