What I like the most about my country is the National Festivities we have, for me is the best way to see our traditions. Food, dance and events are connected to show what we are made of.
First, let’s start with the festivity list:
- April 2nd: “Día del Veterano y de los Caídos en la Guerra de Malvinas” (Day of the Veterans and Fallen in Malvinas War)
- May 25th: “Día de la Revolución de Mayo” (a day to commemorate May Revolution)
- July 9th: “Día de la Independencia” (Independence Day)
- November 20th: “Día de la Soberanía Nacional” (National Sovereignty Day)
- December 8th: “Inmaculada Concepción de María” (Immaculate Conception of Mary)
We have more than this holidays I list but I think this are the most relevant for us. The main festivities are May 25th, July 9th and December 8th. The first two are in winter and the other one in summer.
Events showing people in customs, folk dance (not Tango) and delicious cuisine are the most wanted, this are on May 25th and July 9th. For me the food is what you need to seek, different kind of pastry called Pastelitos (Sweet Tart) and Torta Frita (Fry Tart) became the high spot, homemade meals like empanadas and Locro (a stew with a mix of corn, beans, pumpkin, pork, sometimes beacon, cow meat, chorizo, onions, etc…) I know this doesn´t sound tasty but It is, I will try to write an article to explain a little bit more of this traditional meal.
The dance are frequently folk, the national dance is the Pericón not Tango and other variations of this folk dance you are able to see on this events. This is the best experience to be lost in our culture. Also, Museums, Art Associations and restaurants became part of the celebration.
December 8th is another story, It’s a National Religious Holiday for the Catholics. The Church declare Maria mother of Jesus Christ. The official statement was in 1854 by Pope Pio IX by the papal bull Ineffabilis Deus. Also, is the date we place the Christmas decoration. Our country officially adopted the Roman Catholic Church in our Constitution. For sure we have Easter but I really like this date, in my town (I live 30 min from Downtown) we celebrate it big, nautical procession, outside mass, fireworks and sometimes a concert.
April 2th, is a formal and solemn day. The holiday is a tribute to Argentina’s soldiers killed in the Malvinas War in 1982, a total of 649 Argentines lost their lives during this conflict. Veterans and families get together to pay tribute to our heroes. Sometimes during this events people serve hot chocolate to warm up the spirit, april is a cold month.
November 20th, is connected with the “Malvinas Day”. On this occasion we commemorate the “Day of Argentine Sovereignty over the Malvinas, Sandwich and South Atlantic Islands” (Día de los Derechos Argentinos sobre las Islas Malvinas, Sándwich y las de Atlántico Sur).
This are some dates to give you a glance of what expect during a visit on a National Holiday.