Saturday, May 21, 2011

21 de Mayo Celebrations

A friend recently asked me what the "21 de mayo" holiday commemorates in Chile. In a nutshell, I replied:
It commemorates the Battle of Iquique during the War of the Pacific, a battle that Chile lost but in which the heroism of Captain Arturo inspired the nation to eventual victory. The entire country has a holiday but here where the events actually took place, it is a BIG deal!
For the story in all its detail, you can read about it here:
Also, although this was Eva's first parade I realized that Owen did have a "parade" last year as well. His was on a much smaller scale and just down the street in front of his school, but it was adorable. Those pictures and video can be found here:
And for a walk even further down Memory Lane, this post was from Owen's very first 21 de mayo celebration in pre-school:

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