Chile

Latin America

Welcome To The Country Of Chile!

Carla Hernandez

World Geography

November 8, 2014

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Map Of The Country (Political & Physical)

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Go To Chile!

Everyone should get to visit Chile once in their lifetime. It is a very unique and beautiful country. There are many customs and heritage towards this country and it welcomes new tourists warmly. One reason why you should go is because it is right next to the beautiful and large Pacific Ocean. There are many sights to see that are breathe taking and memorable. Also, the food is very delicious and mouth watering. There are no regrets for going or even thinking about traveling to this country because everyone will have a safe and amazing trip to look back on in the future and smile at.

Religion

The religion followed in Chile is the Roman Catholic (70%). They mostly believe in having freedom of faith and the church. They celebrate Christmas, All Saint's Day, Good Friday, and many more. Other religions include this denominations are Protestant or Evangelical (15.1%), Atheist or Agnostic (8.3%), Jehovah's Witnesses (1%), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (0.9%), Jewish (0.1%), and others(4.4%), Below 0.1% is either Muslim or Orthodox . 65% of the indigenous population considered themselves as Catholic, 29% Evangelical and others is 6%.
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Language

Chileans speak many languages. Some of them include Spanish (official),
Mapudungun, German, and English. To say hello in their official language they say, "Hola".
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People

Ethnic Groups

The major ethnic groups include white and non-indigenous 88.9%, Mapuche 9.1%, Aymara 0.7%, other indigenous groups 1% (includes Rapa Nui, Likan Antai, Quechua, Colla, Diaguita, Kawesqar, Yagan or Yamana), unspecified 0.3%.

Mapuche

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Aymara

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Non-Indigenous People

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Customs/Traditions

Holidays & Festivals

The most important holidays in Chile are Easter, All Saint's Day, and Christmas, etc. since they are Catholic. They especially celebrate the days leading up to Easter such as Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Day. For Christmas, they celebrate it outdoors during their summertime. They eat and exchange gifts with their families and later go to church at midnight. One festival taken place in Chile is Fiesta de la Tirana. It is celebrated in North Chile on July 16 where they worship their patron mother Virgin del Carmen. During this festival many visitors come from other nearby countries. They receive as much as 200,000 - 250,000 tourists from Bolivia, Peru, and surrounding countries.

Dances/Music

The national dance of Chile is cueca. This dance is about a man trying to get a shy girl who is hiding behind her handkerchief to dance with him. Chileans wear a hauso and a white handkerchief while performing this dance. In music, they listen to a lot of Cuban and reggaeton music till this day played worldwide. Back in the 1960's they went through a neuva cancion era which meant people or bands used guitar and Andean based instruments to sing political songs.

Food

Some known foods in Chile include all types of seafood dishes and red wine. One interesting fact about Chilean food is that it is not spicy as people think it is. Truly, it is not even the same as Mexican food. Some diverse and popular dishes include, Cazuela de Ave, Congrio Frito, Aliado, and Papaya con Crema.

Congrio Frito

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Cueca Dance

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Christmas in Chile

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Economy

The economy has changed significantly from agriculture to business and industry. Important jobs include the areas of services, manufacturing, and mining. Services is the most important in Chile because there's a lot of doctors, teachers, and government employees. It occupies most of the economy. In manufacturing people transport textiles, wood, and even cement. Mining is also very important because Chile is the worlds biggest copper manufacture. it has been a major source of income to the country since the 1900's. The copper mines in the North of Chile are the most productive in their country,.

Doctors

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Mining

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Textile and Equipment Transportation

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Holidays/Festivals

The every most important holiday in Chile is their National Independence Day celebrated on September 18. They celebrate their freedom from Spain although it was originally taken place on February 12th. This is a weeklong celebration which includes Arm Forces Day, parades, and so much fun for Chile's citizens. Another festival celebrated concerning music is named Frutillar Music Festival which is held at the end of January and the beginning of February in Frutillar, Chile. Many people travel to this town specifically for this music event that has been held here since 1968. The festival hosts singers and musicians from the entire country. They play all kinds of music from chamber to jazz.

Independence Day

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Frutillar Music Festival

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Chile Travel Clip

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