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Chile Announces June Public Holidays Switch

Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social (Valparaiso)
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: June 17, 2021

Chile's President, Sebastián Piñera, traveling in the region of La Arucanía, with the Chilean Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Delgado, has announced that he would soon introduce legislation to make Indigenous New Year (We Tripantu), on June 24, a new annual public holiday in Chile ("Vamos a avanzar en un proyecto de ley que va a establecer el 24 de junio, que es el Día Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas, en que se celebra el Año Nuevo, el inicio de la vida.").

As per the aforementioned announcement, the new annual We Tripantu public holiday of Chile, on June 24, would replace the current Saint Peter and Saint Paul Day, observed on June 29 ("vamos a reemplazar el feriado del 29 de junio por el 24 de junio que va a recordar a nuestros pueblos originarios").

Almost 15 years ago, a bill had been 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 from the Chilean business community, that proposal was morphed into the replacement of the annual Día de la Raza 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). The topic came back to the fore at the beginning of last year (2019-06-24), and a bill which would declare June 21 as a new annual non-working public holiday celebrating Chile's native people ("proyecto de ley para declarar feriado el 21 de junio de cada año como el Día Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas") was finally tabled, a couple of months ago (2019-09-04).

This would further amend (2020-04-01) the list of bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Chile for the calendar year 2021, as announced last autumn (2019-10-04).

A decade ago (2007-01-11 and 2006-12-13) the Chilean annual public holidays of Corpus Christi, was replaced by a new public holiday on July 16 (Día de la Solemnidad de la Virgen del Carmen), by the Decree N° 20.148, signed by President Bachelet.

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