Latin America, Uncategorized

Easter in Argentina: Music & Tradition

In South America Easter Week; Semana Santa is one of the most anticipated holidays.  As Argentina is predominately a Catholic country there are many regional and local celebrations all over the country during Semana Santa.

In Argentina pascua is celebrated as the resurrection of Christ with carnivals, music and dancing aswell as traditional food.  Music with the Charango is played.  The charangoguitarra criolla” is a small Andean stringed instrument, which originated in the Quechua and Aymara populations in post-Columbian times. The instrument is widespread today throughout the Andean regions of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, northern Chile and northwestern Argentina.  The tuning of the Charango is very similar to a ukulele, you can use the familiar ukulele chords to play it. The scary part about the charango however is that it is traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo!

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Charango

Jamie Torres is a world-renowned interpreter of charango watch his improvisation here on You Tube . Here is another link to a YouTube video of The Argentine Charango Orchestra playing “Carnavalitos”.

Empanadas vigilia traditional pastries with tuna or spinach and cheese fillings, Asado (Argentine BBQ) and Rosca de Pascua (sweet bread) are traditionally eaten on Palm Sunday, there´s a great recipe here. Fish pescado will be eaten on Good Friday Viernes Santo and Thursday Jueves Santo also .

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Rosca de Pascua

 

 

Bariloche in Patagonia is famous for it´s chocolate and as exchanging chocolate eggs has become custom in Argentina over Pascua Bariloche is a great place to visit as their chocolate festival takes place over Pascua.

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Festival de chocolate in Bariloche

Read more about traditional celebrations in Argentina; 25 de Mayo, Kings Day.

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