Ambassador of Chile Verónica Chahin was resplendent in traditional dress at her country’s National Day celebration at the Residence, in commemoration of the proclamation of the First Governing Body on September 18, 1810, which marked the beginning of the Chilean independence process.
chile-national-day-1Although the declaration of independence and break from Spanish rule occurred on this date, it was a long fight and official independence did not come until 1818, but Chileans celebrate the beginning of this journey to self-rule.
The celebrations of El Dieciocho (the “18th”) take many forms, but the early springtime in Chile itself in September makes it an ideal time to gather outside and enjoy the weather, fly kites and eat Chilean foods such as empanadas and alfajores.
In Budapest the mild autumn evening attracted a large gathering who were able to enjoy themselves in the Residence garden and help Ambassador Chahin celebrate Chile’s independence and reflect on its national spirit.
Among the many ambassadors present was Spain’s, José Ángel López Jorrín, who a week earlier was at Mexico’s Independence Day in Budapest, where likewise they celebrated throwing off the Spanish yoke, again in the early 1800s and also after a considerable struggle.
Still, while Spain may have lost an empire, Real Madrid football team hasn’t lost a game this season, so Ambassador Jorrín, an ardent follower, is perfectly happy. (The Budapest Times)