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Entre Ríos: Argentine Intangible Cultural Heritage

Today we want to tell you the traditions of the Argentine Intangible Cultural Heritage that have been relieved in the province of Entre Ríos.

For some

time now, the Ministry of Culture has been carrying out the survey of Argentine Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is a tool to collect and share information about the cultural manifestations that form part of the identity of communities in Argentina. Traditional ways of doing, naming, producing or celebrating that continue to be practiced, that are passed on to the new generations and that contribute to strengthening collective ties. Today we want to tell you the ones that have been relieved so far in the province of Entre Ríos.

Popular Corsican “Matecito” from Gualeguaychú

It is a passionate practice, which invites the expression, fun and community participation. It is done in the city, in the circle of Cándido Irazusta Park Avenue, between Spain and Montevideo. The main groups are the Murgas (traditional and thematic), the Carnival ensembles, the Children's Corso and the Carnival Burial. The Murgas perform native music, with a type of original traverse horns of this locality built by hand and considered a symbol of these clusters. In addition, they play percussion instruments and perform a singing characteristic, recited and satire. The Carnival Conjunto has a group of percussion, does not wear horns and has a different allegorical theme every year. Del Corso Infantil participate boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 12 in free form. At the Carnival Burial, a theme is developed and depicted traditional characters such as the widow, the weeping woman and the priest. To the Corsicans are attended by people of all ages, such as participants or spectators. Some members are part of the Corsicans throughout their lives.

The use of the Cornet in the Popular Corsicans “Matecito” by Gualeguaychú

Murgueros build and use this instrument musical wind during the carnival, which has a leading role during the popular celebration since 1938. The bugle is manufactured in such a way , using different technical resources that are transmitted oral from generation to generation. They are composed of a metal amplifier of conical shape, to which is placed a mouthpiece of bamboo cane or spout of PVC of 15 or 20 cm through which air is ejected.


As in the whole country, mate is a daily practice in Entre Ríos. Drink one mate after another in round or individually. If taken between several, it is shared and one person is the one who “primes” it or prepares and serves it in turns. In some regions it is also added herbs or fruit peels. Historical records attribute the use of yerba mate to the Guaraní people.

Horse rope in raw leather at Villa Elisa

It is a traditional craft craft of making raw horse leather products, such as knives and handles in leather storps, parts of the gear or horse mount for use during rural work or for parades, festivals, etc. knowledge is passed from teacher to apprentices, mainly in the area rural area of the province of Entre Ríos.

Preparation of cupcakes for the Patronal Festival of the Virgin Child

Preparation based on puff dough from flour wheat, stuffed with quince or sweet potato and fried, which is made for the Patronal Festival every September 8, for several decades, with the participation of members of the parish (men, women, adults and youth) and local residents. In the days before the celebration, the donations of ingredients. The persons responsible for their preparation begin to produce them. During the festival they are sold to the inhabitants of the village and visitors from neighboring towns. The elaboration of these pastelitos is part of the identity of the community of Villa Elisa.

Publication Date: 23/10/2019

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