By Nicole Hoey
Argentina is a lively country that offers a wide variety of festivals. Read on to learn more about some of the region’s most popular events!
Buenos Aires International Tango Festival & Championship 2019
The International Tango Festival brings dancers and visitors from across the world together to celebrate the art of tango. From August 8th to 21st, you can experience a variety of performances by both local and international guests. The main event of the festival is the Munidal de Tango, or the Tango World Championship, in which competitors are challenged to create both a reseheresed and an improvised performance. If you want to learn a thing or two about tango, or just enjoy the show, this event cannot be missed!
Argentine Independence Day
On July 9th, Argentina celebrates the day the country declared its independence from Spain in 1816. As a national holiday, families often gather together to commemorate the day as various parades, speeches and military events occur across the country. This is a day where Argentine pride is at its peak, and it is a great way to become immersed in the culture of the country.
National Snow Festival
Argentina has some fantastic, and beautiful, mountains in Bariloche, a city located in the Lake District. From August 3rd to the 12th, visitors and locals alike take advantage of the slopes at this festival. There are many competitions and events for skiers throughout the ten days. If you’re not a fan of the slopes, check out the live concerts, food tastings and firework display that the festival offers!
Germany isn’t the only country that does Oktoberfest. The second biggest beer festival in South America, Argentina’s Oktoberfest takes place in a small village called Villa General Belgrano. The city is one of the few places in Argentina that has a German influence because of immigrants decades ago. This year, Oktoberfest goes from October 4th to the 14th.
Respect for Cultural Diversity Day
Argentina takes October 12th to celebrate the importance of diversity and fostering respect among all people in the country. The same day as Columbus Day in other countries, Argentina uses this day to highlight both the indegenious cultures and the European influences brought to the country. This holiday encourages people of all cultures to come together!
Day of Tradition
November 10, known as the Day of Tradition, celebrates the birthday of Jose Hernandez, the famous author of the gaucho-style epic titled “Martin Fierro.” The town of San Antonio de Areco is the place to celebrate this event, which is actually a week-long festival. The city pays homage to the gaucho, a skilled horseman with strength and bravery that has become a symbol of Argentine culture, with parades, food and dancing.
This holiday actually occurs in Argentina’s summer season, but the lack of a white Christmas does not stop the country from celebrating in a major way. Christmas preparations actually occur in early December, with nativity scenes and bright red, white and green decor in each home. On Christmas Eve, after families attend church together, they release luminous globos, or paper lanterns, into the night sky. The fun festivities continue until January 6, when Argentine children leave their shoes outside the house in hopes that they will be filled with gifts!