Independence Day in Venezuela
In Venezuela, Independence Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 5th of July. Also known as Cinco de Julio or Diade Independencia, this National holiday commemorates the signing of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence in 1811. It’s a public holiday in Venezuela and one that’s observed with a lot of different festivities.
This day is not only a day when government offices and many businesses are closed, but is also a day off for the general population. It’s a day when people get together with their families to enjoy traditional dancing and music and a lot of delicious food.
The History Of Venezuelan Independence Day
On July 5, 1811, Venezuela declared its independence from Spain after hundreds of years of European colonization and high taxation rates. This first revolution would be put down by the Spanish, however, but the drafting of the 1811 Declaration of Independence did provide the country with a sense of nationalism and a desire for self-rule.
They would eventually get that self-rule in 1821 under the leadership of Simon Bolivar. Nowadays, the original declaration of independence for Venezuela is held at Museo de la Casa de las Primeras Letras Simon Rodriguez in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.
Observing Venezuelan Independence Day
This holiday is also observed as Armed Forces Day in Venezuela, so there are not only a lot of civilian parades on this day but also military ones as well. There are also concerts, festivals, cultural events and plenty of food. On this day, people can enjoy Arepas, Pabellón Criollo, Cachitos, Pasticho, and a lot of other delicious Venezuelan foods. People also take the time to spend the day with friends and family on this day.
It’s also customary for the Venezuelan flag to be raised on this day and for official ceremonies to take place underneath it. And as is usually the case with any public holiday, there are plenty of speeches given by civic leaders and politicians on this holiday.