Which Holidays Are Celebrated in Argentina?


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Holidays that are celebrated in Argentina include New Year's Day, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, Memorial Day, Day of the Veterans, Good Friday, May Day, National Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, San Martin Day, Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity, National Sovereignty Day, Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas. There are also bridge days in case the immovable date of a holiday falls in the middle of the week.

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Which Holidays Are Celebrated in Argentina?
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In Argentina, the Day of the Veterans is held to commemorate the veterans and the dead of the Malvinas War, or Falklands War of 1982. Argentina's Independence Day commemorates the Argentine Declaration of Independence from Spain, which the Congress of Tucuman declared in July of 1816.

San Martin Day commemorates José Francisco de San Martín y Matorras, who was an Argentine founding father and liberator. His holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in August, as he died on August 17, 1850.

National Sovereignty Day commemorates the November 20, 1845 Battle of Vuelta de Obligado. This is when the country fought the Anglo-French navy, which had blockaded the Rio de la Plata. The Argentines lost but inflicted such casualties on the British and the French that the victors negotiated a settlement anyway.

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