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The following are the national public holidays and other observances of Argentina. Though holidays of many faiths are respected, public holidays usually include most Catholic based holidays. Historic holidays include the celebration of the May Revolution (25 May), Independence Day (9 July), National Flag Day (20 June) and the death of José de San Martín (17 August). The extended family gathers on Christmas Eve at around 9 p.m. for dinner, music, and often dancing. Candies are served just before midnight, when the fireworks begin. They also open gifts from Papá Noel (Father Christmas or "Santa Claus"). New Year's Day is also marked with fireworks. Other widely observed holidays include Good Friday, Easter, Labor Day (1 May) and Veterans Day (formerly Malvinas Day, 2 April).


Public holidays in 2019


The "movable holidays" whose dates coincide with Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be moved to the previous Monday. Those that coincide with Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be moved to the following Monday. Every employee is entitled to 15 paid public holidays and every year the government adds a few more holidays known as "bridge holidays" which means that a holiday last two days. }), anniversary of the arrival of Columbus to the Americas. |-style="background:#ffe6e6;" |November 20 |National Sovereignty Day |''Día de la Soberanía Nacional'' |Immovable |Anniversary of the 1845 Battle of Vuelta de Obligado against the Anglo-French blockade of the Río de la Plata. |-style="background:#ffe6e6;" |December 8 |Immaculate Conception Day |''Día de la Inmaculada Concepción de María'' |Immovable |Christian holiday, conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin. |-style="background:#ffe6e6;" |December 25 |Christmas |''Navidad'' |Immovable |Christian holiday, Nativity of Jesus.


Non-working days


The following are federal non-working national or religious holidays, during which people of the following faiths are excused from work:


Bicentennial holidays


As part of the celebration of the Independence Day Bicentennial, the following extraordinary and one-time holidays were arranged: * February 27, 2012: Bicentenary of the creation of the Flag of Argentina and the first pledge to it. * September 24, 2012: Bicentenary of the Battle of Tucumán. * January 31, 2013: Bicentenary of the inaugural session of the Assembly of the Year XIII. * February 20, 2013: Bicentenary of the Battle of Salta. * July 9, 2016: Bicentennial of the Argentine Declaration of Independence.

Other observances

*Teacher's Day (''Día del Maestro'') on September 11, commemorating the death of D. F. Sarmiento; only observed by primary school students. *Student's Day/Spring Day (''Día del Estudiante''/''Día de la Primavera'') on September 21; only observed by high-school and university students. *Friend's day (''Día del Amigo'') on July 20; unofficial. *Mothers' Day (Third Sunday of October). *The Argentinan Animals' Day (April 29) predates World Animal Day (October 4) by 17 years. It was first held in 1908 on the initiative of Ignacio Lucas Albarracín, director of the Zoological Garden and president of the Animal Protection Association of Buenos Aires. Initially the day was observed on April 2, it was moved after Albarricín died on April 29, 1926 to coincide with this day. *Fathers' Day (Third Sunday of June). *Children's Day (Third Sunday of August). *Navy Day on May 17, for the victory at the Battle of Buceo *Battle of San Lorenzo anniversary on February 3 *Loyalty Day and Television Day on October 17

External links


Official Public holidays in Argentina
Ministerio del Interior.
Argentina Public Holidays
Argentina Public Holidays


Sources


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