In Argentina, the third Monday in August is celebrated as San Martin’s Day. This holiday commemorates the death of Jose de San Martin. This figure is seen as one of the most important founding fathers of modern-day Argentina and is the one who helped liberate not only this country but also Chile and Peru as well.
He was an Argentine general and the struggle for independence from Spain by some of the nations of South America. Since this day is a national holiday, it’s 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 25th, 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 Simon Bolivar in the north. In Argentina, Chile, and Peru, San Marin was made a national hero. He died on August 17th, 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. There is also traditional Argentinian food served such as Asado, Chimichurri, Provoleta, and Dulce de Leche.
Empanadas are also popular in Argentina on this day. And 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.
When is San Martín Day?
|This year (2022)||August 15 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||August 21 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||August 16 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|