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Meeting of friends or colleagues par excellence, the rock is key in the social groups of Santafesinos. And in your city?

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Día de peña

We Santafesinos have the rock of everything. Let me explain:  we are very sociable . And we have many social groups, each with their respective WhatsApp group. Then, we have the group of co-workers, the former teammates of the  facu , the football boys, the  friends  from high school, from elementary school, neighbors from the building. All those, at least. And that's only in a case like mine, that I'm a boy. In women there may be more variants. So far, it can be similar to the social life of any middle-class Argentinian. What is the particularity we have in  Santa Fe ? That,  for each of those groups, we have a  rock  . And, even if you don't believe me, they're active rocks. That is, with more or less regularity, we meet physically with these people.

You could also tell me that this is not a characteristic of santafesin. It might be. I mean, it's very likely that in other provinces of the Argentine interior they have the habit of meeting in rocks. What I'm sure is that, in Federal Capital, this is a very unlikely  custom  . In fact, this is the first thing the Santafesinos tell you that they have to go live in the city of Buenos Aires. In other words, here in Santa Fe you can perfectly find the following situation: Tuesday afternoon, someone thinks they want to make a barbecue. Send a message to the group of friends saying , “Che, who falls on the terrace to eat some choris?”. And quietly he can put together, from one moment to the next, a gathering of five or six friends .  Relax, because the next day you work. This practice, in the beautiful but too big capital of Argentina, is very difficult to achieve with such short notice.

 But what does a rock consist of? 

The word peña has several meanings. And not just in the  dictionary . Also in everyday use, Santafesinos give it at least three meanings. One of the most traditional is the folkloric rock. This event where popular songs, food and typical dances are shared, with their best known exponents in the famous rocks of  Cosquín . Then there is the rock that is like a grouping. For example, the typical club of “such a former footballer” that has a political or social purpose, within the framework of the hobby of a football team. And finally, the rock we talked about in this note. The description I make is that the Peña  is the social meeting of Santafesina par excellence . It is that religious space in the week where we catch up, share friendship, eat, drink, sing. The rock is organized in the quincho of the quincho of the quincho, in the patio of the patio of the patio, in the house of the one with the largest dining room. If not, it is done in a bar or in the SUM of the  neighborhood club . Every Peña has its manager of the menu of the day, its responsible for buying the drink, the one who carries the dessert and  the one who never puts a weight at all.  

In Santa Fe, for those of us who like to meet friends, living without the rock would be very difficult.  Do you have the same custom in your province, city or town? Tell us what a rock looks like in your  payments . 

Publication Date: 01/08/2020

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