After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Dia de la Inmaculada Concepcion
Today is a national holiday in Argentina--Dia de la Virgen, or Dia de la Inmaculada Concepcion. But what great luck that it falls on a Monday this year; if not, the feast of the Immaculate Conception would be changed to allow for a three-day weekend. And actually, I really don't understand the math since Christmas is only less than 3 weeks away. But hey! Religion and folklore and custom don't always jive.
As a foreigner, it's really interesting to me that today is a holiday with everything closed. At least here in Buenos Aires, there are very few people spending the day in prayer.
What IS important about today culturally speaking is that it's the national day to decorate for Christmas. It's an unwritten law that you can't put up your Christmas tree until today, and it doesn't matter how far ahead is Christmas, because all of the trees are plastic anyway. (Well except for mine, which wasn't easy to find, but is thriving on my terrace.)
It is so very hot that instead of decking the halls, the people who can, are in Mar Del Plata, cooling themselves on the beach. And I don't blame them.