Events and festivals in Argentina
Argentina is a country full of traditions. These traditions are celebrated in the various parties and events organized throughout the year in different parts of the country. Some are of pagan origins, like the popular carnivals or the Pachamama, where the traditions of the natives are celebrated and thanks are given to nature.
One of its most venerated products is wine, so during the harvest season, some localities pay homage to the people who work in the sector and to the harvest of that year. Argentina is a country of art and literature, so some celebrations highlight exhibitions and festivals focused on the country’s cultural heritage.
ArteBA is one of the most important Contemporary Art Fairs in Latin America. It was founded in 1991 to help the development, professionalization and promotion of native artists. The exhibition, which is open for four days in the city of Buenos Aires, exhibits some of the best work of up and coming artists and artists already consolidated in different disciplines.
The Asado is one of the gastronomic specialties of Argentina. In the town of Cholila, in Argentinian Patagonia, the dish is so culturally significant it even has a national holiday dedicated to it. For three days, attendees can enjoy more than 150 grills where they roast about 10,000 kilos of beef, 400 chorizos and 300 lambs. In addition to being a tribute to the best of its gastronomy, this great festival includes shows, live music and an important prize draw is organized.
Carnival of the Quebrada de Humahuaca
The Carnival of the Quebrada de Humahuaca is one of the most popular in Argentina. It is a mixture of the traditions imposed during the Spanish colonization and the older native traditions, such as Pachamama. During the first day, the pilgrims go to the mountains to unearth the devil, a key figure in these festivities which is then buried again at the end of the Carnival. The music and the dancing continue throughout the night.
International Book Fair of Buenos Aires
Literature is one of the hallmarks of Argentina. For this reason, during April and May, the capital of the country celebrates one of its biggest book fairs. In La Rural de Buenos Aires there are exhibitions, presentations, book signings, workshops, poetry recitals, as well as different literary activities for children and adults.
Lollapalooza is one of the most important music festivals in Argentina. It is celebrated in San Isidro racecourse, near to Buenos Aires, where for two days you can enjoy listening to live international artists. Some of the groups that have played at Lollapalooza include The Kooks, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Metallica, among others.
National Harvest Festival
Considered one of the most important wine festivals in the world, this traditional festival, which honors the grape, its collection and production of wine, has been held in Mendoza since 1936. There are parades with floats, music, theater and special effect shows that honour Argentinian wine and the wine producers around the country. On the last day, there are fireworks as the celebrations come to a climax.
Patagonian New Year
Called "We Xipantu" or "Nquillatún" in Mapuche, which means New Year, this millenary tradition is celebrated in the south of Argentina, in the Patagonia region, and in many of the towns of Chile. It welcomes a new year according to the movements of the sun and the stars with a great party full of prayers and thanks.
The Longest Night
Every June 21 the Longest Night is celebrated in Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, with a party to honour the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. This means that it is the longest night of the year and, therefore, the day is shorter. In this area, it gets dark around 5pm. From the sunset, different shows and events are organized in the different cultural centers of the region. There is also music and partying and, around Encerrada Bay, there are vivid illuminations. The night ends with colourful fireworks.