Today’s Holiday: Chile Battle of Iquique Day

Today’s Holiday:
Chile Battle of Iquique Day

This national holiday in Chile is often called Dia de las Glorias Navales (“The Day of the Glorious Navy”). From 1879 to 1881, the Chilean navy fought an alliance of Peru and Bolivia in the War of the Pacific. The Chilean victory in the Battle of Iquique on May 21, 1879 was a turning point in a war that Chile eventually won decisively. The holiday is celebrated throughout Chile with festivals, military parades, and speeches. Sporting events, including boat and bicycle races, are held in honor of the holiday. Many people dress in traditional costumes as a symbol of national pride. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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