Argentina: Carnival                                             

  • One of the largest celebrations throughout Argentina is "Carnival" which is a celebration that is held just before Lent. Lent is the traditional period of fasting that begins about six weeks before the Christian holiday called Easter that celebrates Christ’s ascent into heaven.

  • On Carnival Tuesday (in February), a traditional soup prepared with beef, lamb, bacon, pork, cabbage leaves, potatoes, chick peas and rice is typically served.

  • Each region has its own way of celebrating Carnival:

    • In the northern province of Salta, people dress up and dance the zamba and the carnavalito.

    • In the northeastern provinces, people sing songs called chamamé, accompanied by accordions or harps.