The coat of arms depicts the national animals, the condor and the huemel.
On the flag, the five-pointed star in the center represents a guide to progress and honor, blue symbolizes the sky, white is for the snow-covered Andes, and red stands for the blood spilled to achieve their independence.
Chilean music ranges from folkloric, popular, and classical music.
There is a range in the expression of the music from north to south in the country.
The national dance is the Cueca
Another form of traditional song is the Tonada.
The Tonada is distinguished from the Cueca by an intermediate melodic section and a more prominent melody.
There have been many Chilean rock bands that have reach international success.
Literature and Cuisine
Some call their country “Pais de Poetas”, which translates to “Country of Poets.”
Most famous poet is Pablo Neruda.
He won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.
Isabel Allende is the best selling Chilean novelist, with 51 million novels sold worldwide.
The cuisine varies based on topography and latitude throughout Chile.
Common foods are seafood, beef, fruits and vegetables.
Traditional recipes include asado, cazuela, empanalas, humitas, pastel de choclo, pastel de papas, curanto and sopaipillas.
Lemons and onions were brought from Spanish colonists, and mayonnaise and yogurt from German immigrants.
Chile’s most popular sport is futbol, or soccer in the U.S.
Although, Chile’s most successful sport is tennis.
Chile has also won 13 medals overall at the Olympic Games.
Rodeo is the countries national sport.
Rodeo is practices in many rural areas throughout the country.
During the Spanish conquest, the Manpuche played a sport similar to hockey called Chueca.
Skiing and snowboarding are very popular because the ski resorts and Andes Mountains produce some of the best powder snow in the Southern Hemisphere.
Surfing and body boarding are also popular and host competitions because of the great surf.
Other popular sports are basketball and polo.
Rally car racing is newer to the country and is becoming quite popular.