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Day of the Race

Day of the Race 2021, 2022 and 2023

Some Latin American nations have dropped the celebration of Day of the Race, but Chile has not. Here, the day is called “Dia de la Raza”, (Day of the Race) as it has been known in many other countries with a Spanish colonial heritage.

YearDateDayHoliday
202111 OctMonDay of the Race
202210 OctMonDay of the Race
20239 OctMonDay of the Race
202414 OctMonDay of the Race
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

However, there is growing resistance to Day of the Race in Chile today. In Santiago, the capital and largest city, there’s an annual parade celebrating indigenous culture and protesting the “ongoing exploitation” of native people groups.

Day of the Race comes on the second Monday in October, around the time that Columbus first discovered the Americas back in 1492. That event brought huge changes, both positive and negative, to North and South America. And it was Columbus’ historic voyage that triggered the long chain of events that eventually formed the modern composition of the Western Hemisphere.

There are those who still celebrate the day. But the controversy surrounding the day is also very real in Chile.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202012 OctMonDay of the Race
201912 OctSatDay of the Race
201815 OctMonDay of the Race
20179 OctMonDay of the Race