Colombian Independence Day

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2023 DateJuly 20, 2023
2024 DateJuly 20, 2024
Colombian Independence Day

Colombia Independence Day celebrates the country's liberation from Spanish rule. On this day in 1810, the people took to the streets to protest. Later on, the Revolution Act was signed, and Colombia gained temporary independence, which would later become permanent. In 1873, 63 years after the signing of the Revolution Act, the date was officially declared as the anniversary of the proclamation of independence.

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Colombian Independence Day facts

  • Hundreds of soldiers and police officers go to the streets to take part in the celebratory parades.
  • Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Colombia. In 2017, its national league was ranked 6th in the world.
  • Colombian player James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot award for most goals scored in the 2014 World Cup.
  • Colombia is the second most biodiverse country on the planet. More than half its territory is covered in forest. It contains around 10% of the flora and fauna on Earth.
  • The golden poison dart frog, one of the most toxic animals in the world, is only found in Colombia. A single frog has enough poison to kill 10 adult men.
  • Some of Colombia's most famous people are musicians Shakira, J Balvin, Maluma, and footballers James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao. Shakira is the most followed Colombian on Instagram, with 75.3 million followers as of June 22, 2022.

Top things to do for Colombian Independence Day

  • Prepare a traditional Colombian dish or beverage such as the bandeja paisa, the ajíaco, or the aguapanela.
  • Watch the 2015 documentary Colombia: Wild Magic about Colombia's rich wildlife.
  • Start a book by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, one of the most important authors of the 20th century. He won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1972 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. His most famous work is One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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