Flag Day in Argentina

Flag Day is a national‍ holiday in Argentina that is dedicated to the country’s flag and commemorates its creator, Manuel Belgrano. This holiday ⁤is observed annually on June 20th, the date when Belgrano passed away in 1820.

In Argentina, this ⁤holiday has been celebrated since the late 1930s. Most of the country’s Flag Day celebrations are centered around the National Flag Memorial, located in Rosario, ​Santa Fe Province, but there are, of course, smaller celebrations held throughout Argentina.

The History of Flag Day in Argentina

The⁣ flag that this holiday commemorates was created in 1812. It​ started out as a triband with‍ three equal horizontal bands: two light blue bands sandwiching a white band in the middle. In 1818, a new⁤ design element was added—the Sun of May. Nowadays, both versions are used: the one with the sun is the ‌ceremonial flag, and the one without is the ornamental flag.

This holiday was first established​ by⁣ law on June 8, 1938. When it was first ⁤established, it was celebrated on the third Monday in June, but in⁣ 2011, it was changed to a fixed holiday observed ⁣on June 20th.

Some Fun Argentine Flag Facts

Let’s go over some interesting⁢ facts about the Argentine flag that we learned while researching ⁤Flag Day.

  • General Manuel Belgrano designed the flag during the country’s battle for independence.
  • The ‍”Sun of May” on ​the flag symbolizes the May Revolution, which sparked Argentina’s fight for independence.
  • The Sun​ of May is also a representation of‍ the Incan sun god ⁢Inti.

Observing Flag ‍Day in Argentina

As previously stated, the⁣ major focus of this ⁤holiday is the Flag Day ceremonies in Rosario ‍on this day, but there​ are other celebrations all over the country as well. People also take the time to hoist the⁢ Argentine flag from their homes and⁢ businesses on this day. This is ‌also a day off for the general population, ⁤and government offices, schools, and some businesses are closed for the day.

Where is it celebrated?
Argentina (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
June 20 Thursday
Next year (2025)
June 20 Friday
Last year (2023)
June 20 Tuesday