May 30, 2012
Buenos Aires Barrio Chino Culinary Anthropology Meghan Glasses

Feriado Fun at Barrio Chino

Argentina is notorious for its copious amounts of national holidays.  This last week Argentines celebrated the anniversary of their declaration of independence from Spain by eating traditional Argentine foods like locro, and Spanish foods like hot chocolate and churros.

New feriados (holidays) are added every year.  I work with people from the US, and so I don’t take off the Argentine holidays, but rather the standard US holidays.  I often felt envious of all of the extra Argentine days of leisure until someone told me the real reason there are so many national holidays is actually because the government can’t afford to pay government employees for all working days, so they had to add national holidays to save money.

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