San Antonio de Areco: the cradle of tradition
One of the most particular dates and that most closely touch us Argentines is the Day of Tradition. As you all know, it’s November 10th. Now, what some may not know is commemorating that day because it is the day when, in 1834, José Hernández, the greatest national poet, was born. the author of the book that made us known all over the planet (although it is practically impossible to translate): the Martín Fierro. In addition to poetic quality, of course, Hernández’s conceptual innovation was to include the gaucho (and his customs, his lexicon, his geography, in short, his lifestyle) as the protagonist of a piece of high literature. Now, what’s the relationship with San Antonio de Areco ?
The first data you have of an attempt to set a date determined as “Day of Tradition” dates us back to Francisco Timpone, another national poet. Be said that he proposed it in 1937 at a meeting of a group called “Bases” in honor to Alberdi, who was based in La Plata.
A year later, the group filed the formal petition with the Senate of the province of Buenos Aires, already with the date set. In addition, the petition included another proposal: a pilgrimage was called to the Gaucho Ricardo Güiraldes Museum, in San Antonio de Areco. The approval was unanimous and a law was declared, which entered into force on September 9, 1938.
In the first celebration was attended by the mayor of La Plata and San Antonio de Areco. Law 10220 of 1984amended the original by stating that “Declare provincial headquarters of tradition to the town of San Antonio de Areco”.
Areco and the Feast of Tradition
For this reason, from Ser Argentino we contacted Francisco Durañona, current mayor of San Antonio de Areco, who kindly answered some questions.
Ser Argentino: What does it feel like to be the mayor of the city where the origins of the Argentine gauchoare founded?
Francisco Durañona: It is a real honor to be mayor of Areco . I am passing through the last months of my second term and during these eight years we worked to build roots in our city and take care of our traditions. Areco is the cradle of gauchos heroes, men and women who made and make Homeland every day with their work and art. It is them and them that we guide our management.
SA: What are the celebrations of the Day of Tradition?
FD: The Fest
Hipólito Azema nació en Buenos Aires, en los comienzos de la década del 80. No se sabe desde cuándo, porque esas cosas son difíciles de determinar, le gusta contar historias, pero más le gusta que se las cuenten: quizás por eso transitó los inefables pasillos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Una vez escuchó que donde existe una necesidad nace un derecho y se lo creyó.
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