Independence Day in Bolivia
Independence Day is a public holiday that’s observed annually in Bolivia on the 6th of August. If this holiday happens to fall on a weekend instead of a weekday, then it’s usually observed on an alternate day of the week chosen at the time, usually a Monday.
This holiday is known in Spanish as “Dia de la Patria” and commemorates the signing of the Bolivian Declaration of Independence on this date in 1825. Nowadays, this holiday is celebrated with public speeches, singing of the Bolivian anthem, parades and festivals, and a variety of other special events.
The History Of Independence Day In Bolivia
During the 16th century, the region where Bolivia now sits came under Spanish colonial rule. At the time, it was known as Charcas. There were some who wanted self-governance in the region at the time, but there were also others who felt the need to remain loyal to the King of Spain.
On May 25th, 1809, the Chuquisaca Revolution became the first popular uprising in Latin America and led to the Bolivian War of Independence. This war would last for 16-years, until August 6th, 1825 when colonial forces were defeated. In honor of Simon Bolivar, the one who led the fight for independence, Charcas was renamed Bolivia.
Observing Independence Day In Bolivia
Many of the major events celebrated on this holiday are done in the capital of Bolivia, Sucre. This includes a military parade, speeches by major members of the government, and flag-raising ceremonies. However, there are smaller celebrations held all over the country for Independence Day. There are street parties, cultural festivals, exhibitions, and a lot of other activities.
Because this is a public holiday, many non-essential government offices, schools, and businesses are closed for this day. As is the case with any independence holiday celebrated in any country, this is a day for the general population to give thanks for the freedoms that they enjoy and remember the people who helped make their independence possible.