5 famous carnivals of South America 1:48
(CNN Spanish) --
(CNN Spanish) --
One more year of popular festivities in the streets and squares of Argentina.
Cities all over the country will celebrate the arrival of Carnival in style, which floods the neighborhoods with colorful costumes, floats, masks, murgas and lots of dancing.
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Carnival parties in Argentina are part of an old tradition that has been taking place for 100 years and these days are included in the country's calendar of national holidays.
What days are holidays for Carnival?
This 2023, the holidays for Carnival will be Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February, according to the official calendar of the Ministry of the Interior of the Nation.
Street musicians, dancers and singers, members of Los Gedientos de Parque Chas, perform on Corrientes avenue in Buenos Aires on March 7, 2011, during the carnival celebration.
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Carnival this year begins on Saturday, February 18 and ends on Tuesday, February 21, although there are activities during all other weekends in February in each of the country's neighborhoods.
About carnivals in Argentina
Relatively recently, Argentina recovered the public space for the carnival festivities.
The military dictatorship (1976-1983) eliminated the national carnival holidays in an attempt to make disappear a popular party full of word and expression that has been held for more than 100 years.
However, the murgistas fought to bring everything back to the streets until in 2010 the then president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner restored the two holidays throughout the country, recalls the Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos.
In Argentina there is not a single carnival, but many.
Each province contributes its customs.
The one in Corrientes, for example, is the one with the longest history of carnival with music as a key element, according to the Ministry of Culture.
While the one in Jujuy is considered the most popular as it takes "the characteristics of the local idiosyncrasy".
And although the one in Entre Ríos, more influenced by Brazil, is not so "strenuous", it is usually more visible and attracts tourism.