Chile is a multicultural country that houses many ethnicities and traditions that are the nation’s backbone. Before the establishment of Chile, an enormous group of immigrants had landed in the vast area of the city. Many of them were Croatians, Brits, Palestinians, Jews, French, Italians and many more. These groups, which have nothing in common, have found their designated ways of living amongst each other despite having different and individual beliefs. This land where it is believed to be the farthest and is at the Earth’s end, has endless fascinating regional cultural traditions. In small provinces such as Bolivia, Aymara Indians practice their Andean culture traditionally in the close-knitted community.
That is the northern part of Chile, whereas Mapuche Indians also contributed to the miscellaneous cultural practices that have moulded Chile today in the southern region. In another aspect of Chile, a distinctive culture has surfaced due to Indian and Spanish background assimilation in their daily lives. This specific culture is called chilote, a lively mix of music, dance, and golden mythological tales traditionally embedded. Despite those two having the most prominent and most vital cultural traditions and influence, there has never been an emerging issue about which is more dominant. Everyone learns everyone’s differences and try living with one another peacefully and harmoniously.
Chile has always been a peculiar nation, especially when it comes to its location and geographical condition. It is marked as one of the vastest countries globally with its individual 2650 miles of longitude. Normally and commonly, many countries in various nooks of the Earth never exceed a mere 221 miles. Chile is bounded by many borders that mark the end of Chilean territory. The tremendous and driest place in the world that receives very little precipitation yearly called the Atacama desert is the indication of the border end where it separates Peru from Chile. With various natural landscapes in Chile, the nation has to face its natural limitations that confining them from the other parts of South America. On the Southern border of Chile, the cold Drake Sea is infamous as a piece of evidence that Antarctica is just a few meters away. The Pacific Ocean is almost near Chile, giving people in the west extreme and unlimited water access for tourism purposes. These are clear answers to why some parts of Chile have never seen rain. In the dry-climate areas like the Atacama desert, not much rain is freely enjoyed. But the central region in Chile is where the most fertile soil is at. You can witness icy glaciers in the southern polar region.
The central region of Chile is where the famous worldwide city called Santiago. This magnificent city is where most governmental activity and everything else takes place. From the administration of political events, cultural and economic observations are all centralised in Santiago. Here, many languages are under Chile affiliation. One of the reasons why this has come to this point is through the many cultures. Cultural assimilation has enabled languages also to be transmitted and utilised in daily lives. The mother tongue is officially chosen to be Spanish which every dweller widely speaks. However, almost twenty thousand indigenous people say Aymara in the northern part of it, and they are the Aymara Indians. Some have also been practising the use of their culture’s ancestral language, which is Mapudungu. Another region in Chile that is a bit far-fetched on the map is Easter Island, where the inhabitants speak in their Polynesian-origin language.
When we talk about the symbolism of a country, it will always redirect our attention to dig out the meaning of the national flag’s symbol. The other important symbol for the country is the national anthem. Chile’s flag has concluded two horizontally in white and red that represent the Andean snow and the Indians’ fallen blood in the battling the Spanish invaders. The blue square by the end of it stands for Chile’s beautiful blue sky and the white star to present the Araucanian Indians’ arm coats used in their banners during the battlefield.
After being seized by Spain for a few years and being governed under their name, the national day, which falls on 28 September 1810, commemorates the end of it being colonised and fully declared of independence from Spain colonisation. During this day, a huge-scale of national celebration is encouraged all around the cities. Many people enjoy the day by serving traditional and authentic food. They also like playing folklore pieces of music, honouring the martyrs who had sacrificed their world for the land. During the national day of Chile, the children are taught to be proud of their heritage ever since young by attending this kind of event. Despite the negative connotation of the widely-known nickname to Chile, ‘the land at the end of the world’ that somehow notes the regretful isolation they are in apart from other neighbouring countries, the Chileans themselves take the best pride in it. They believe that being desolated from rapid and precipitated modernisation will somehow lead them away from their roots. By being surrounded by their people, they can firsthand handle the homogenous society in their ways that they all agree with.
The society of Chileans believes that the elites living there mostly care about themselves and crave advancement just like other countries. Therefore, the cultured Chileans try to dissociate themselves from them to avoid having to reassemble their society chart to fit today’s standards.
Chile is a fascinating country and worth visiting like other countries. If you are into histories and its diversely multicultural communities, you will never regret diving into the depth of Chile and its people. They also have many undiscovered gems of places that you can help to visit too. As Chile stands back on its feet after being dug out from the collapsed rubbles from the governing party, we should all support Chile as a nation of a fresh start. f you are a cultural student or if you are picking up cultures to study, Chile will be a perfect country to learn from.