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Festivals in Argentina Argentina is a party place and attending one of its many festivals is a perfect way of gaining a better understanding of the culture. There are a wide range of festivals throughout the year from antiquated religious traditions to contemporary art exhibitions to fiestas which just seem to be an excuse for a bit of fun and socialising. Try to schedule your trip around one of the local festivals where you may get to sample some typical food and drink, dance to traditional music and party with the natives! 1st: New Year's Day - National Fiesta Fiesta Nacional del Folcloro is held in Cosquín, near to Córdoba. It is a lively and unrivalled tribute to Argentina's long folkloric traditions with music, dancing and lots of traditional food and drink. Carnival is celebrated all over the country so you can't really miss it. Some of the most famous places to head to for the festivities are Corrientes or Gualeguaychú in the El Litoral Region, La Chaya in La Rioja (West Argentina) and Santiago del Estero (Northwest region). If you are going to be in Argentina during carnival, one of these destinations is undoubtedly where you will find the best party. Whilst Argentina is no Brazil when it comes to carnival, these towns definitely have a go! People are attracted from all over the country to the festivities which generally involve processions, elaborate sparkly costumes, lots of fancy dress, drinking, dancing, music and general merrymaking all night long.. One week towards the end of February sees the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia in Mendoza. This homage to the grape harvest basically means it is a great time to sample some of Mendoza's best wine whilst watching the elaborate processions which celebrate this highly treasured beverage. Fanatics of Argentine Tango should not miss the annual Buenos Aires Tango Festival which takes place between February and March. There are masses of performances all over the city and lots of opportunities to learn a few steps of the most famous dance in Argentina. Festival del Viñador (La Rioja, West Argentina) is another wine fuelled festival at the beginning of March and another great excuse for wine tasting and fun. Film buffs should head to the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente in Buenos Aires, when an interesting selection of both National and International films are shown by independent film makers. A good place to spot up and coming talent. 1st Labour Day (dia de los trabajadores): National Fiesta Día de la Vrgen de Luján means big celebrations in this pretty religious town in the region of Las Pampas. Between the 11th and 18th May, contemporary art lovers should head to Buenos Aires for Arte BA, an absolutely enormous arts festival where high quality exhibitions spring up all over the city. The 20th is the anniversary of the death of Manuel Belgraño, designer of the Argentine flag. During the Semana de la Bandera (Week of the Flag) the citizens of Rosario pay their respects at the monumento nacional a la bandera. The 24th marks the death of ledgendary Tango star, Carlos Gardel and fans make a heartfelt pilgrimage to his grave in the Chacarita Cemetery in Buenos Aires. For 10 days, the beautiful ski city of Bariloche (in Argentina's Lake District) celebrates the Fiesta Nacional de la Nieve (National Snow Fiesta) a definite must for lovers of the slopes. One week also sees the Semana de Jujuy where this attractive city in the northwest region of Argentina bursts into life for a week of partying to celebrate the founding of the city. La Hoya ski resort in Esquel, Patagonia celebrates the Fiesta Nacional del Esquí (National Ski Festival), another snow filled, fun packed party. Get yourself to Villa General Belgrano (near Córdoba) in the first two weeks of October for Oktoberfest - an enormous beer festival that celebrates the German culture of the region. 12th Dia de la Raza (Colombus Day): National Fiesta A incredible tribute to the Welsh heritage of Trelew and the other Welsh villages of the Chubut Valley (Patagonia) have been celebrating the Eisteddfodau since 1875. If you're interested in Welsh music and literature this week long festival is the best time to learn all about it. Patagonia's Esquel celebrates the Fiesta Provincial del Teatro, an artsy celebration where you can catch a wide selection of interesting theatrical works. The first Saturday of the month, Buenos Aires leaps into action with its Gay Pride festival- floats, processions, expositions and merriment. Make sure you are in San Antonio de Areco on the week of the 10th for the Día de la Tradición (Day of Tradition) which is actually a whole week of celebrations and fiesta in honour of Argentina's Gaucho tradition. Expect to see lots of cowboy-esque activities, traditional food and drink, music and dancing all in the heart of Gaucho land, Las Pampas. Mid-month is the Festival de Chámame in Corrientes (El Litoral) which celebrates this interesting traditional music style with lots of dancing and concerts. 25th Christmas Day: National Fiesta
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Argentina Traditions -- Holiday Celebrations, Observances and Festivals
Throughout the year in Argentina national holidays are celebrated with Argentina traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation and defined region by region. Because 90% of the population of Argentina is Roman Catholic, many public holidays are celebrated around the church's holy days. January 1st -- Ano Nuevo or New Year's Day is celebrated by a late dinner with family and fireworks at midnight. ???Some of the more interesting Argentina traditions encompassing New Year's include running around the house with a suitcase, which means you will travel more in the coming year ?(Is anyone running around my website with a suitcase? ?If so, visit
!!!). Another interesting Argentina tradition is that if you eat beans on New Year's you will either keep the job you have or find a new and better job. ?Cool beans! On New Year's Day many citizens go swimming in public pools, rivers and lakes. Amazon.com WidgetsMarch/April -- Two weeks prior to Lent, the Argentina tradition of El Carnaval del Pais is celebrated, much in the same traditions as Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnivale in Venice and Rio de Janiero. ??Halfway between Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls, the town of Gualeguaychu in Entre Rios province hosts the largest celebration of Carnaval in Argentina. A 38,000 seat carnival center or corsodromo hosts Samba clubs with over 700 dancers, musicians and singers, all competing for the title of "Kings of the Carnival". ??This Argentina tradition is vibrantly displayed in costume, song, and dance. ??In Buenos Aires, each neighborhood celebrates Carnaval with street musicians, or murgas, and artists. Easter, Las Pascuas, is celebrated over a two week period. ??Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, the day before Easter, is known as Semana Santa, or Holy Week. ??This involves the complete reenactment of the Passion of Christ in many villages in the country. ??Easter Sunday to the following Saturday is a joyous celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. ??Many Argentinians take vacation time during this two week period. April 2nd -- Dia de las Malvinas or Malvinas Day. This commemorates the day in 1982 that the Argentine military
invaded the Falkland Islands
with the commitment of reclaiming them from the British. ??Both Great Britian and Argentina still claim jurisdiction over the Falkland Islands, known in Argentina as Islas Malvinas.
May 1st -- Dia de los Trabajadores or Labor Day. Since the turn of the century,
have used this day to raise social awareness of the struggle of the worker. ??With an unemployment rate of 19.5%, the working class citizens of Argentina are struggling to reduce the 8 hour workday to 6 hours, although on average most workers put in 10 hour days. May 25th -- Revolucion de Mayo or the May Revolution of 1810. ??Also known as National Day as it is the anniversary of the first national government in Argentina upon obtaining their independence from Spain. ??With a theme of solidarity and pride, Argentina traditions celebrate National Day with parades, music and traditional foods within each region. ??Most public transportation is free during the holiday for those attending the festivities. ??Beginning at midday and running late into the evening, National Day is appropriately brought to a close with the
. ??It is also customary for Government officials to attend celebrations and make speeches.
June 20th -- Dia de la Bandera or Flag Day, an observance of the
National Flag of Argentina
July 9th -- Dia de la Independencia or Independence Day. This day celebrates the signing of the declaration that gave Argentina independence from Spain.
August 17th -- Dia de San Martin or the Anniversary of San Martin's Death. General Jose de San Martin was one of the main liberators of Argentina. He used powerful military tactics to defeat royalist forces.
October 12th -- Dia de la Raza or Day of the Race, also known as Day of the Americas and Columbus Day. This day celebrates Christopher Columbus, Cristobel Colon,
affirming that he would bring race and civilization to the Americas.
December 25th -- Argentina traditions surrounding Navidad, or Christmas Day, include many of the same Christmas traditions that were brought to America by our ancestors. Houses are decorated on the outside and many have nativity scenes. The Christmas trees within the house are adorned with ornaments and lights, but this may be any type of tree, not just an evergreen. Although Christmas occurs in summer,
are enjoyed over the same typical winter holiday feasts of roasted pork, roasted turkey, mince pies and Christmas puddings that we are accustomed to. ??Today summer dishes are served along with traditional foods such as grilled meats, as in the asado or typical barbecue, vegetables and salads. ??Warm weather desserts like ice cream and fresh fruit have made their way to the Christmas table. ??After church services, the Christmas feast is celebrated late in the evening of December 24th. ??At midnight a toast of champagne, cider or clerico, a mixture of wine, fruit and ice, is made and gifts are exchanged. ??Fireworks are then enjoyed in the balmy early morning. ??Many residents of Buenos Aires flood the beaches of Mar del Plata on Christmas Day.
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Holidays & Festivals in Argentina | Travel Tips - USAToday.com Argentina's gauchos are commemorated during El Dia de Tradicion. Gaucho Monument image by rrruss from Fotolia.com The South American nation of Argentina is filled with holidays and traditions passed down from generation to generation. Because a large majority of the Argentine population is Roman Catholic, many of the country's major holidays center around holy days. Others are based on historical events that made a deep and lasting impression on the country and its people, and lent a guiding hand in shaping it into the Argentina of today. El Dia de Tradicion, or the Day of Tradition, is celebrated annually on November 10 following a week or so of parties, concerts, parades and feasts. November 10 marks the anniversary of the birth of Jose Hernandez, an Argentine gaucho who lived on the Pampas during the mid-19th century. As a self-taught writer and poet, Hernandez wrote "El Gaucho Martin Fierro," an enormously popular poem considered one of the greatest works in Argentine literature detailing his viewpoint about the challenges and injustices facing the gauchos of the time. In his honor, towns and cities across Argentina celebrate with parades and gaucho celebrations known as peñas. Vendors sell traditional food like asado (beef cooked in a an open-faced brick oven), empanadas (meat pies), and mate (a herbal drink). In some peñas festivities, gaucho games as well as rodeos are part of the fun, and men dressed in gaucho attire display their equestrian ability. Two weeks prior to Lent, Argentina celebrates El Carneval del Pais much like New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras, and Brazil celebrates Carnivale. Many gather to enjoy the festivities, in part because the day is considered a public holiday, which closes several businesses and schools. The town of Gualeguaychu, located between Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls, hosts the largest Carnaval celebration in the country. The town's 38,000-seat center known as the Corsodromo hosts a "Kings of the Carneval" celebration, where samba clubs, musicians and singers compete for the title. In Buenos Aires proper, most neighborhoods celebrate with street musicians knowns as "murgas" and artists. During Carnival, people dress in costume and dance in the streets. Traditional fare is served, with a nod to Roman Catholicism by replacing beef with fish during this "kickoff" to Lent. Corn stew, humitas en chala (corn patties wrapped and cooked in the husk), and Bocaditos--finger sandwiches made with shrimp--are popular during Carnaval. La Revolucion de Mayo (the May Revolution) occurs each year on May 25 to mark the anniversary of Argentine independence from Spain in 1810. Also called Dia Nacional, or National Day, it is considered a public holiday in Argentina. Additionally, most public transportation is free during the holiday for those attending any festivities. National Day kicks off with parades, music and Argentine fare. Festivities begin around mid-day and run late into the evening. National Day is usually brought to a close with a singing of the country's national anthem, but not before local government officials make speeches and proclamations. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Franco has more than 15 years experience freelance writing. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the education magazine "My School Rocks" and Work.com. Franco has a master's degree in social work with an emphasis in health care from the University of Maryland and a journalism degree from the University of Richmond.
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Holidays and Festivals in Argentina
Interesting Facts and Information Intercultural and Cross Cultural Communication Facts and Information about Argentina Winter holidays and festivals in Argentina National Folklore Festival, Cosquin, Argentina This festival is one of the longest running festivals and has been taking place on an annual basis since 1961. The festival is witness to some of the most popular musicians and dancers within Argentina. It typically takes place in January. Tango Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina This is an exciting festival in Argentina, in which festival attendees can witness the tango dance in its original Argentina birthplace. The festival is held in Buenos Aires and was initially run in 1999. The festival is not limited to tango performances of celebrated dancers within Argentina, but instead is all encompassing and well known dancers from across the globe perform. Festival attendees are also given the opportunity to take part in classes – with master classes which cater for more advanced dancers. Spring holidays and festivals in Argentina Encuentro y Fiesta Nacional de Colectividades The Encuentro y Fiesta Nacional de Colectividades (Communities Meeting and National Celebration) is a prominent festival which is primarily celebrated in Rosario, (a province of Santa Fe, Argentina). It has been celebrated since 1985. This festival provides immigrant communities and festival attendees the opportunity to celebrate the diverse cultures represented within Argentina. You will find stalls, kiosks, tents and performances all dedicated to this objective. Summer holidays and festivals in Argentina Autumn holidays and festivals in Argentina Encuentro Internacional de Escultura en Madera-Piedra-Cerro de Rosario The Encuentro Internacional de Escultura en Madera-Piedra-Cerro de Rosario ("International Meeting of Wood-Stone-Iron Sculpture in Rosario") is a prominent festival which takes place in Rosario, (a province of Santa Fe, Argentina) during September to October. It has been celebrated since 1993. This Argentina festival is centred on the artistic abilities of sculpters, who are given the option of sculpting either stone, wood or iron over the course of a week. Sculptures are then selected for display across the city. Festival Latinoamericano de Video Rosario The Festival Latinoamericano de Video Rosario ("Rosario Latin American Video Festival") is another key festival celebrated in Rosario, (a provine of Santa Fe, Argentina) typically in September. It has been celebrated since 1994. Fiesta del immigrante Semana Musical Llao Llao The Semana Musical Llao Llao, Argentina festival is a celebration of clasical music. It breaks away from the Argentina musical traditions and is held on an annual basis in Ocrober at the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, near Bariloche, Argentina.
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Events and Festivals in Argentina A trip to Argentina will keep you entertained. Rich in culture and activities, this Spanish-speaking country is busy with a regular schedule of festivals and events that take place throughout the year. If you want to really get in touch with Argentina, check out these events during your travels. There is a major festival or event going on practically every month. January: Gualeguaychu Festival
This festival starts in January and ends in February. During these months, the town of Gualeguaychu holds a spectacular, large-scale carnival highlighting various festivities, like dancing, live music, and huge parades. It is a great place to release steam and feast. February: Buenos Aires Tango Festival
If you know anything about tango, you know that it is in the heart and soul of Argentina. This festival that takes place in the capital city attracts people from all around the country who want to celebrate the special dance. Performances are held all over the city. Besides this, tango classes and parties also take place at this time. March: Tilcara Carnival Festival
The inhabitants of Tilcara hold this festival to express their gratitude toward the Earth. According to them, the devil possesses people?s souls during the Carnival. Thus, the typically reserved people of the area come alive during the nine days of this event. When the festival is over, the devil is placed in a hole and covered until the following year. April: Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival
This ten-day event honors independent films. Producers from around the world gather to promote a wonderful selection of independent films. May: Buenos Aires Contemporary Air Fair
Known as Arte Buenos Aires, this exhibition highlights art. Tourists who have an interest in art and culture would enjoy this event. July: Independence Day
Argentina is alive and bustling when this holiday comes around. Celebrations and festivities take place across the country marking the independence from Spain. Cafes serve traditional fare like churros with chocolate filling. Live music blares on, as proud Argentineans party. A more serious tribute takes place in the Plaza de Mayo. August: Tango World Championships
What is Argentina without tango? During the month of August, tango is once-again at the forefront with this championship competition that gathers tango dancers from around the globe. Along with the event that takes place in Buenos Aires come many celebrations and exhibits concerning the dance. September: Semana Musical Llao Llao
This festival celebrates classical music. Taking place in the town of Bariloche, the event highlights performances by musicians from all over the world. October: Oktoberfest in Argentina
Argentineans love to get together and celebrate. Take part in their five-day Oktoberfest celebration and find out. People from all over the globe join in the festivities that take place in the province of Cordoba. November: Buenos Aires Gay Parade
Buenos Aires is among the South American cities with a big gay population. The Gay Parade is a time to celebrate gay pride. Thousands of people mark this event. December: Christmas
December is an interesting time to travel to Argentina if you come from a country where it is cold during the holidays. In Argentina, Christmas comes in the middle of summer?just right for a picnic. Comments are closed.
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Christmas In Argentina
Christmas is one of the occasions that are celebrated globally. A festival of joy and happiness, it is celebrated across the world with immense fervor and enthusiasm. Christmas celebrations in Argentina are varied, owing to its cultural diversity. Different traditions in the country have contributed to the versatile celebrations. There, the festival is celebrated in summers, as the month of December is a part of the hot season. ?Feliz Navidad? is the Argentine way of greeting Christmas, meaning Merry Christmas. Read on to know more about the extensive Christmas celebrations in the country.
Christmas Celebrations In Argentina
Since Argentineans celebrate Christmas in the warm weather, elaborate preparations for the festival start much earlier than in any other part of the world. People bedeck their homes with lights and flowers. Wreaths of green, gold, red and white flowers adorn the homes. Garlands in red and white colors are hung at the doors. Christmas trees, artificial or live, are embellished with laces, balls, Santa Clause figures, candles, colored lights, ornaments, small gifts and even "Papai Noels". An important part of Christmas celebrations in Argentina is the Nativity scene or ?pesebre?. Many Argentineans set up a cr?che in their home, along with the Christ?s manger. The ?pesebre? is kept in close proximity of the Christmas tree.
A beautiful custom practiced by the locals is to apply cotton balls on the branches of the Christmas tree. This is done to simulate snow on the trees during summers and have a beautiful view through out the nativity. Yet another Christmas custom is to get along with the members of the extended family. After attending religious services in local churches, people visit their friends and relatives to give them Christmas wishes. The festival is marked with joyous family unions. Families enjoy the grand Christmas meal in each other?s company and this is followed by raising a toast in the households. The traditional Argentine Christmas dinner is served in the garden area and the delicacies may include roasted turkey, roasted pork, stuffed tomatoes, mince pies, Christmas's bread and pudding.
In Argentina, kids enjoy indulging fireworks after the meal and adults are more than happy to join them. Fire crackers are burnt at midnight, which makes the whole sky look illuminated. Traditional "globos", paper balloons taking off to the sky when lit from inside, are also lighted by children. The ?globos?, as they venture together into the Argentine sky, look very beautiful and glorious. Since family interactions are considered very important in the country, in many homes, all the members sit together and chat or play games for the entire night. Adults are also seen dancing with the younger lot and enjoying their way to glory. Little children are seen waiting for Santa Claus to receive their gifts. All in all, celebrating Christmas is a grand affair in Argentina.
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