Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Argentina’s president, died on September 11, 1888. Known as a modern leader and teacher, he founded many famous schools, carried out reforms, and made Argentina an educated country. Nowadays, September 11 is the Teacher’s Day in the country. Local people celebrate it in a traditional way – they give flowers and gifts to teachers. September 21 is the date of a wine festival in Mateo. The celebration traditionally starts with the launch of a fountain with wine. It is impossible to imagine this festival without processions, masquerade, a parade of giant dolls, and corrida. The wine festival coincides with the gastronomic one, so tourists can see people grill meat right on the streets of the city. This event lasts one week.
The International Guitar Festival starts on October 7 and lasts 12 days. This is a relatively new event that was launched in 1995, but the festival has quickly become very popular. On October 12, the country celebrates Columbus Day. This is the day when Columbus first stepped on the land of the new continent thinking he had discovered a new route to India. This is an official day off, so many shops and venues are closed.
On October 31, the whole country energetically celebrates Halloween, the evening before the All Saints’ Day. This holiday originates in the Celtic past of Europe. Ancient Celts celebrated Samhain, the holiday of harvest and the beginning of winter. They believed that borders between the worlds were very thin on this day, so supernatural creatures could enter our world on this day. Christianity replaced this holiday with the All Saints’ Day. Argentinians celebrate this holiday the same way as in other countries – they put on different outfits, decorate their houses with “spooky” items, and kids ask candies.