Picture courtesy Bicentenario Chile
September 18, 2010 is Chile’s Bicentennial. On this date in 1810, the fledgling Chilean government formed up to begin its long road to independence. Chile would have to fight for several more years to win its independence from Spain. In fact, Chile officially declared its independence on February 12, 1818.
2010 has been a very tough year for Chile. On February 27th, a massive 8.8 earthquake struck near Concepción, Chile, that with the accompanying tsunami killed several hundred people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
The Chileans rallied to help their fellow countrymen and the spirit of solidarity and patriotism was palatable in the air.
This year, Chile celebrates its birthday with a grateful heart for a recovery and a hope for a brighter future.
Remember that you, too, can celebrate Chilean independence wherever you are around the world.
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P.S. Are you going to Chile? Avoid culture shock by reading my Gringo's Culture Guide to Chile.