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Chile’s Fiestas Patrias: Fondas for September

Another major part of Chile’s Fiestas Patrias—Independence Day celebrations—are the “fondas.” Also called “ramadas” because they are often made with branches (ramas) these temporary fairs are set up in parks all over the country for about 10 days of food, games, drinking, dancing, crafts of all sorts, and general good times to be had. Some of the bigger (and/or more rural) ones have rodeos and most will have cueca contests.  There are the municipal versions as well as some of the more popular ones such as the now-famous “Yein Fonda” (which in Chilean sounds just like the actress) and the Guachaca version full of cueca chora.

Fonda Collage-2009

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“El Dieciocho” Chilean Independence Day = Fiestas Patrias

Chile-colored decorations and huasita dresses for little girls

Chile-colored decorations and huasita dresses for little girls

September 18, 2009: Chile celebrated the 199th anniversary of its declaration of independence and simultaneously kicked off its countdown to its Bicentennial.

Chileans take their Independence Day—September 18—very seriously.

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