BUENOS AIRES – Argentine citizens this week are exhibiting an unusual fervor for their national anthem and flag, a passion for their homeland that intensifies on days such as Wednesday, when the South American country celebrates the 206th anniversary of the May Revolution, the episode that marked the beginning of the struggle for the country’s independence.
Also known as the Day of the Homeland, May 25 for two centuries has been the main event in the history of the Argentine state, after in 1810 it marked the beginning of the struggle for independence, which was ultimately proclaimed on July 9, 1816.
The date was also the culmination of a series of incidents known as the May Revolution, spurred by popular demands, that led to the resignation of the viceroy of Spain’s King Fernando VII and gave rise to the first local government.
Across the length and breadth of the country, an intense program of festivities will unfold on Wednesday including musical shows, typical cooking offerings and cultural activities.
The Culture Ministry is sponsoring, along with assorted museums in the capital, concerts by the National Symphonic Orchestra, along with the Polyphonic Chorus and the National Children’s Chorus at the Kirchner Cultural Center.
Meanwhile, towns like San Antonio de Areco, 113 km (70 mi.) from Buenos Aires, will pay tribute to native dishes, including “locro,” a type of stew, vegetables and “Osso Buco,” as well as empanadas and other tasty fare amid folkloric events during the day.
The celebration will run until the weekend and in the capital local authorities are organizing an Independence Day event for this coming Saturday in response to a request by 40 associations of immigrants living in Argentina.
There will also be historical reenactments, a concert featuring patriotic songs by the Argentine Army Band, dance shows, kiosks with native food and sites to collect clothing donations and nonperishable food for families affected by recent flooding.