Summer holiday (beginning)
Friday December 16, 2022
School holidays : Last day of school varies from Dec. 6 to Dec 21, depending on the district
Sunday December 25, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Years Day on Christmas Day.
April Fools Day
Wednesday December 28, 2022
Banks are closed
Saturday December 31, 2022
Banks only :
New Year's Day
Sunday January 1, 2023
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Sunday January 1, 2023
School holidays : Www.mineduc.cl
Applies to the Metropolitan region (Santiago)
Official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
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Schooling is mandatory till age 17
number of instructional hours per year in lower secondary education: 1100
schools may open on Saturday
school uniforms required
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New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)
Monday January 2, 2023
Secular holiday :
Tuesday February 14, 2023
cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February
Summer holiday (end)
Wednesday February 22, 2023
School holidays :
Chile Tennis Open
Monday February 27, 2023
Sports events : Www.atptennis.com/ in Santiago 2023 edition confirmed
Daylight Saving Time
Sunday March 12, 2023
Special Events : At 24:00 local time
Summer holiday (end)
Monday March 13, 2023
School holidays : Province of Maule 2018 calendar confirmed for the Province of Maule
Friday April 7, 2023
Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.
Saturday April 8, 2023
Catholic : Paid holiday
Sunday April 9, 2023
Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday
Wednesday April 12, 2023
cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday
Labor Day/May Day
Monday May 1, 2023
Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .
Sunday May 7, 2023
Sports events : 2023 edition confirmed
Sunday May 14, 2023
cards/flowers : Mothers day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mothers day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year.
One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world.
Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day.
In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howes Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and womens suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mothers Day, with her Mothers Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mothers Day in 1914
Sunday May 21, 2023
Secular holiday : Celebrates the Battle of Iquique against Peru in 1879
Sunday June 18, 2023
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Wednesday June 21, 2023
Secular holiday : The National Day of Indigenous Peoples is a holiday, that commemorates the indigenous peoples of Chile.
It was declared by Supreme Decree No. 158 of June 24, 1998,1 by the government of President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, considering that the worldview of indigenous peoples includes rituals and spiritual ceremonies of renewal and purification corresponding to a new year or new cycle of life linked to nature that is reborn or renewed. This New Year's party or festival of the Sun God, is called We Tripantu, Machaq Mara, Inti Raymi, Aringa Ora or Koro and Likan Antai, in the Mapuche, Aimara, Quechua, Rapa-Nui and Atacameña language or ethnic group respectively. [Wikipedia]
St Peter & St Paul
Monday June 26, 2023
Catholic : Or Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The celebration is of ancient origin, the date selected being the anniversary either of their death or of the translation of their relics. [Wikipedia]