Ecuador Independence Day

Batalla de Pinchincha

In Canada, on the weekend of May 24 (reported to be May 2nd to 4th), bring a lake, villa, s' mores and 24 packs of beer through the bonfire! There are different celebrations on Memorial Day in the United States, but at the end of the day… we will all have a long weekend!

Like any country, Ecuador celebrates several national holidays. Many people are happy to have a day off and go to school, but of course, behind every holiday announced nationwide, there is history! On May 24th, La Batalla de Pichincha ("Pinchincha Battle") was celebrated throughout Ecuador in various ways. The last war of independence in Ecuador took place during the Spanish colonial period of 1822 and was a period of detailed study in the Ecuadorian school system. In all the heinous places where historic battles took place, this special battle took place on the Pichincha volcano (hence the name of the holiday). This important battle, at an altitude of 3,500 meters, commemorates the anniversary of the original war every year: May 24.

Currently, school-age children hold small parades in towns and villages to celebrate this historic event, commemorating the history of their country and being proud of everyone in Ecuador. Usually in the larger cities of Ecuador, the parade is carried out by the army, and tourists, tourists and locals like to march. In Pichincha itself, there are activities for people to participate in and watch, such as the Air Force above. In the Galapagos Islands, children from local schools usually travel through Puerto Baltra (the main north-south street) and Charles Darwin Avenue through the port of Ayora (Santa Cruz) and the Naval Base. Students wearing school uniforms, the highest-achieving students in the class have the right to carry the Ecuadorian flag through the community to lead the class to participate in the parade. If you visit Ecuador or the Galapagos Islands on this important historic day, try to take time to stop and enjoy the local activities – this may not be the most fascinating of the Ecuadorian holiday, but it can definitely feel its meaning. . It is the pride of the Ecuadorians and their country. The celebration of the Battle of Pinchincha was a day of national pride and Ecuadorian patriotism. It shows a strong feeling for people, history and culture.