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 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 will 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 would be founded on the ruins of an Incan city by the Spanish on December 6, 1534. It was originally placed in what is now present-day Colta, but indigenous resistance resulted in them refounding the city at its present location. To end this resistance, Sebastián de Benalcázar captured Inca general Rumiñahui and executed him on January 10, 1535. This would end 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 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. This holiday has been seen as a day that celebrates the conquest of the city. It’s seen 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 (2023)
December 6 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
December 6 Friday
Last year (2022)
December 6 Tuesday