Rodeo Season Kicks Off in Chile

By Paige, Nicaragua, September 2011

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The 18th of September is Chilean Independence Day, merely one highlight of a month-long celebration known as Mes de la Patria, Month of the Fatherland. Visitors will enjoy parades, flag-waving, kite-flying, traditional cueca dances, and delicious asados, or pit barbecues, beneath the woven-branch roofs of temporary fondas set up all over Chile for the occasion.

While El Dieciocho, as Independence Day is often called, is sure to be a party, it kicks off an even older and perhaps more important national tradition: the Chilean Rodeo. Though first recognized as a national sport in 1948, going fully professional in 1962, Chilean Rodeo dates back to the 1500s.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Chile Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading and to learn about more things to do in Chile.

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