Foundation Of Quito

Foundations of Quito is a regional holiday in Quito, Ecuador, and is observed annually on the 6th of December. It commemorates the Spanish founding of the city in 1534. It also marks the end of the Fiestas de Quito—a period of time when there are a number of festive events celebrating the birth of Quito.

During this week, which begins at the end of November and ends on December 6th, there are flamenco dancing, bullfights at Plaza de Toros, street parades, street vendors, and theater shows all over the city. People also visit the city on party buses and then hit the clubs, bars, hotels, and restaurants that can be found at Plaza Foch.

The History of Quito

The capital of Ecuador, Quito, was founded on the ruins of an Incan city by the Spanish on December 6, 1534. It was originally established in what is now present-day Colta, but indigenous resistance resulted in the Spanish refounding the city at its current location. To end this resistance, Sebastián de Benalcázar captured Inca general Rumiñahui and executed him on January 10, 1535. This ended further resistance by indigenous peoples in the area.

Observing Foundations of Quito

During this holiday, people attend one of the many events that occur during the Fiestas de Quito. This includes street parades, party buses, and plenty of drinking at clubs and restaurants around the city. People also attend bullfights, watch flamenco dances, or attend operas or theater shows on this day.

Over the past few years, this holiday has become somewhat controversial, and as a result, there are often protests on this day. The holiday has been seen as a day that celebrates the conquest of the city. It’s viewed as a colonial holiday that doesn’t celebrate independence but instead glorifies the subjugation of indigenous peoples.

Where is it celebrated?
Ecuador (Local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
December 6 Friday
Next year (2025)
December 6 Saturday
Last year (2023)
December 6 Wednesday