True Argentine customs are what we don't know where it comes from, but by inertia, as moved by a higher force, we do. In this note we tell you 6 Argentine customs that nobody understands, except us. Because, if there is one thing we're aware of is that, unintentionally, we build argentinity at the stick in every little ritual.
For many, Argentina is the country of tango, football and asado, yet our country so extensive and rich is far more than that . In Latin America, our country is positioned as one of the most visited countries by foreigners from all over the world. Because we have the south with its imposing Patagonian beauty and glacier, and also the north with its first hills that dye the soul with colors. We have our beloved Cuyo of wine and sun, and the Argentine coast with its history and tradition. Each cardinal point has a special appeal, and that is why Argentina is one of the countries visited, but less understood. Our customs impact and surprise visitors. Sometimes for good, and sometimes for worse...
1. Say hello with kiss (and, if you can, with a hug)
Even if we think otherwise, and other Latin American sister countries say no, Argentines are effusive and affectionate . However, for people from another continent, greeting with a kiss and even a hug is a strange custom and can even become invasive. One of the negative aspects of this custom was the new normal: from the pandemic, we tried to greet each other in another way and transform all our habits to take care of each other. But... how does it cost!
2. The sensuality of tango, the feast of the quartet and cumbia, the brotherhood of folklore
Although Argentina is equal to tango for the world, our country is still diverse even in its art. And this is something that completely surprises every visitor. Tango is a very important part of our culture and, in the Buenos Aires area, it is directly consolidated as a tourist phenomenon. But, in addition to that phenomenon, popular and surprising genres also circulate. The Cordovan quartet with the dance ritual, the cumbia villera with its delusional songs and coastal or northern folklore with its morals and learning. Each of these genres constitute argentinity, making every visitor traveler dance.
3. Getting together with friends to make a roast
The meeting with friends and friends is as sacred as the rite of asado. Because it is a meeting made up of several smaller rites. The previous organization of the joint, the decision of who will be the designated spit , the preparation of the drink and the rite of fire. Each of these details is part of the well-known and beloved Argentine ritual.
But... Danger! Many Argentines who are abroad, claim that this is a custom that can even generate addiction or withdrawal syndromes.
4. Football as a religion
Unwittingly, without being able to avoid it, for the rest of the world we are the country of Maradona and Messi, and with pride . That's why we live football in a different way. The passion of the court spreads throughout every corner of the country and in every small club. Unlike other countries, football fever hides in every corner of the territory.
5. Share the mate and the pitcher
Every Argentine anywhere in the world wears his mate, his yerba and his thermos. This drink is indispensable our life and becomes a habit to start the day. Mate is much more than an infusion and gives rise to unique moments. In addition, this sharing vessel also gives rise to the “jarra"that young people share at parties or meetings. Now, in the middle of the global pandemic , we review our customs and stop sharing light bulb or container, however we will never stop leaving each with their own mate everywhere.
6. Dinner almost midnight
There is something that foreigners who visit us learn with a little effort and is dinner almost midnight. The schedule of the Argentinian dinner is very different from the rest of the countries, there is no explicit why. We simply have a snack at the time when other countries have dinner and have dinner at the time when people from other countries would already be sleeping. This is one of the typical customs that we have difficulty releasing if we travel abroad, and that visitors have difficulty learning.
And you... what other Argentinian custom do you know?
Argentina, nacida en Córdoba. Investigadora en el área de lingüística. En formación constante sobre las Letras y sobre la vida, gracias a la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Mis experiencias en viajes me llevaron a aprender cada vez más idiomas y querer conocer diversas culturas desde adentro. Pienso en la escritura como una herramienta para transformar el mundo y volverlo un espacio justo y equilibrado.