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President of the Chilean Senate, Jaime Quintana, has sent a letter to the apostolic administrator of Santiago, asking him to consider replacing one of the 8 Catholic public holidays of Chile, with a new annual public holiday in Chile dedicated to the indigenous peoples of Chile.
This is not the first time that the idea surfaces of declaring a new annual public holiday in Chile for indigenous people.
A decade ago, a bill was introduced in Chile's legislative assembly to make June 24, the indigenous Mapuche New Year, a public holiday throughout Chile (2007-07-06).
Due to opposition to a new annual public holiday in Chile, from the Chilean business community, the proposal was morphed into the replacement of the annual Día de la Raz public holiday of Chile, into a June 24 public holiday to coincide with the Mapuche Indian new year (We Tripantu) and to be called the "Día de los Pueblos Originarios" (2007-12-12 and 2009-10-08).
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