September 18th

Chilean Flag

Chilean Flag

For those who don’t know, “the dieciocho” is a national holiday in Chile, taking place on September 18th, with the 19th being a holiday as well. With most people booking off time from work on the day that falls nearest to the weekend, it works out to be a 5 day break filled with merriment for Chileansand tourists. I sometimes wonder if this holiday is nothing more than an excuse for us to get rip roaring drunk, but either way I’m not complaining. We look forward to it for months in advance and make the most of it. While most tourists come here in December when they have holidays, and it’s usually cold in their country, this is a great time to come to Chile.

Empanadas

Empanadas

You can probably get discounted rates for travelling and staying, and get to experience our holiday first hand. If any of you are thinking of going to Chile to enjoy this holiday, here are some terms associated with it that you should know. Asado – This means Barbeque, on charcoal briquettes, not a gas grill. We are very big into meat here, whether it’s beef, pork, chicken, steak, doesn’t matter, just give us meat! Vino – Wine, usually meaning red wine. You’ll be enjoying a lot of this with us during this holiday. *wink wink* Mote Con Huesillo – May sound strange to some, but this is cooked barley in nectar juice. It’s eaten out of a glass with a spoon.

Anticuchos

Anticuchos

Try it!!! Cueca – Our national dance. Supposedly based around the mating rituals of hens and roosters or something. The participants wave handkerchiefs around as they court each other. Almost like a combination of play and dance. Choripan – Small bratwurst type sausages eaten with small buns like a hotdog. Usually the entrée before the main course of more meat, just to get you warmed up, hehe. Anticucho – Cabobs of onion, carrots and meat on a stick. Empanadas – Small pastries filled with meat (yes, more meat), onions, an egg and an olive. Often cooked our fried. Chicha – Another type of wine we commonly drink on the holiday. Made with apples or grapes and sweetened with plenty of sugar. Manzana Confitada – Like a caramel apple, but with a hard red candy coating in place of caramel.