San Martín Day

In Argentina, the third Monday in August is celebrated as San Martin’s Day. This holiday commemorates the death of José de San Martín, a figure seen as one of the most important founding fathers of modern-day Argentina and the one who helped liberate not only this country but also Chile and Peru.

He was an Argentine general and the leader of the struggle for independence from Spain by some of the nations of South America. Since this day is a national holiday, it is one in which people have the day off, and most government offices, schools, and businesses are closed.

The History of San Martin’s Day

José Francisco de San Martín y Matorras was born on February 25, 1778, and was an Argentine general and one of the main leaders of the successful struggle for independence from Spain by the southern nations that made up the continent of South America during the 19th century.

He became one of the most respected liberators of Spanish South America, along with Simón Bolívar in the north. In Argentina, Chile, and Peru, San Martín was made a national hero. He died on August 17, 1850, which is why San Martin’s Day is celebrated around this time every year.

Observing San Martin’s Day

On this holiday, festivals occur all across Argentina. There are open-air concerts, parades, and speeches delivered by politicians. Traditional Argentine food is served, such as Asado, Chimichurri, Provoleta, and Dulce de Leche.

Empanadas are also popular in Argentina on this day. The day is also filled with traditional dances and music. It’s a festive atmosphere and a day for people to get together with their loved ones and enjoy the fun.

Where is it celebrated?
Argentina (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 19 Monday
Next year (2025)
August 18 Monday
Last year (2023)
August 21 Monday