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Time Zone, Business Hours, and Holidays

Because Chile is in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are opposite those in the United States. This means that when the United States enters daylight savings time, Chile falls back at about the same time. Consequently, during the northern winter, Chile is 2 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. In the summer, Chile is the same time as Eastern Daylight Time.

Business hours in Chile are roughly the same as the United States. Most offices open at 8:30 or 9:00 am and continue until usually 6:00 pm or later. Lunchtime is usually later (beginning at 1:00 pm or later) and longer (1-2 hours) than in the United States.

The following are Chile’s main holidays for 2012. Dates may vary year to year.

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

1-Jan

Good Friday

6-Apr

Labour Day

1-May

Commemoration of the Battle of Iquique

21-May

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

2-Jul

Carmen’s Virgen Solemnity Day

16-Jul

Assumption Day

15-Aug

Fiestas Patrias

17-Sep

Independence day

18-Sep

Army Day

19-Sep

Columbus Day

15-Oct

Municipal Elections (Sunday)

28-Oct

All Saints’ Day

1-Nov

National day of Evangelical and Protestant Churches

2-Nov

Immaculate Conception

8-Dec

Christmas day

25-Dec

*Banking day

31-Dec

* Banks and other financial institutions close down. Workers in other fields are not given the day off, though the workday schedule is usually shorter