National Day / May 1810 Revolution

National Day is a holiday observed on May 25th in Argentina and commemorates the significant revolution that took place on this date in 1810 in Buenos Aires. Also known as Día de la Revolución de Mayo or the May 1810 Revolution, this holiday is celebrated with much fanfare in the country.

During this holiday, there are plenty of speeches, large gatherings of people, and large family meals at which traditional Argentinean foods are prepared. The festivities usually start on the 18th of May and run all the way up to the 25th.

The History of National Day in Argentina

On May 25, 1810, a series of social and political events in Buenos Aires led to the establishment of the first local government not designated by the Spanish Crown. However, there wasn’t widespread violence associated with this revolution, as is the case with most revolutions. It was more of a formal change of government system that meant Buenos Aires was no longer under Spanish control.

Interesting Facts About Argentina

We’ve come across some exciting and interesting facts about Argentina that we would like to share with everyone reading about this holiday. The following facts are what we’ve uncovered about this country and think that people should know before National Day is celebrated.

  • The name Argentina comes from the Latin word “Argentum,” which means silver.
  • It’s been estimated that up to 30,000 people disappeared during the regime of Argentina’s military junta between 1976 and 1983.
  • Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, doing so in 2010.
  • Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world.
  • Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world by area.

Observing National Day in Argentina

Every year, Argentinians take to the streets to march, participate in parades, and attend concerts. There are also public rallies and meetings that celebrate this holiday. People also gather with friends and family to enjoy traditional Argentinean dishes such as Argentinean Empanadas, Milanesa a Caballo, and Dulce de Leche.

Where is it celebrated?
Argentina (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
May 25 Saturday
Next year (2025)
May 25 Sunday
Last year (2023)
May 25 Thursday