Chilean ex pats celebrate their independence in Denmark

By Ignacia Baudrand

Dressed up with a typical Chilean attire, a couple dances to the ‘cueca’ in celebration of their national independence day.

Empanadas, cueca and pisco sours is a sight one would not expect to see in the middle of Copenhagen. But on the 14thof September is one that came true: Chileans living in Denmark have gathered to celebrate their National Independence Day early.

It is undoubtedly one of Chile´s biggest holidays, and not being in Chile was not going to stop Chileans from celebrating. 

Sol Fabres has been living outside of Chile for 3 years, and considers that celebrating this date as important no matter where she is. “It makes you feel part of your country and the love you have for it despite being far away,” Fabrés said. 

The celebration is known as “El Dieciocho”, which alludes to the date of the Chilean Independence Day: the eighteenth of September. The festivity is an important part of Chilean culture; they spend a whole week eating typical Chilean food, dancing to cumbia, cueca and bachata and drinking to celebrate their country.

Check out the pictures below to see some of Chile’s traditional food.

A terremoto‘ and two ‘choripanes‘ with ‘pebre‘.
Two ‘terremotos‘, a Chilean drink named after earthquakes that have white wine, grenadine and most importantly pineapple ice cream.
A typical Chilean ‘asado‘, which means a barbecue. During `El Dieciocho‘ this is what Chilean will eat every day for lunch and diner.
A ‘Terremoto’ and some ‘Empanadas’