“Fiesta del Roto Chileno”: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Chile

Each January the streets of the traditional Yungay District of Santiago overflow with cultural events in a festivity that is recognized since 2014 as Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Chilean National Council for Culture and the Arts.

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Chile, a country of many traditions, has countless festivals and celebrations with ancient roots. One of them is the popular “Fiesta del Roto Chileno”, a cultural revelry organized by the residents of Yungay District of Santiago since 1889, with the participation of different institutions and community groups.

Each January the streets of this old capital district overflow with cultural activities  in a festivity that is recognized since 2014 as Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Chilean National Council for Culture and the Arts. The “Roto Chileno” Memorial, erected in the middle of Yungay Square, is the epicenter of the celebration that this year has the slogan “For the Good Life of Barrio Yungay” and will be running between 13 and 20 this month.

This time the organizations emphasized the intention of not  mistreating the public spaces and maintaining a family atmosphere, so attendees were asked to carry bags  for their garbage. For this reason, the Yungay Square will only be occupied during January 20, the final day, with an activity dedicated exclusively to children.

While the “Fiesta del Roto Chileno” has a martial origin that commemorates the soldiers who participated in the Battle of Yungay on January 20 1839, the event is now a  milestone for the citizens that  signifies the popular roots of our identity. The program of activities, including concerts, dance presentations, theater performances, among others, is available at the official site of the district.

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