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Colors of Mendoza - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Mendoza is a globally known winemaking destination. Its suburbs locate several large wineries. At present their wines are served in most renowned upscale restaurants of the world. Many tourists are attracted to the city with a unique chance to try astonishing wines. The main cultural event held in Mendoza annually is also associated with winemaking. A bright remarkable holiday named “Vendimia” (Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia) or the National Grape harvest Festival is devoted to grape harvest gathering. The festival was established and first held in 1936.
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Since that time the holiday turned into one of the most waited scale events among local folks and city guests. The festival lasts for more than two months. In January the most distinguished winemakers select the participants of the contest who should then submit to approval best sorts of the dainty drink. The event is attended by winemakers from all over the country however the most exciting events and contests start commonly in March.
The festival is opened with bright magnificent parades and marches. In this way local folks praise the protectors and thank them for good harvests. The most prominent event of the festival is a selection of the beauty queen of the festival. The competition takes place right after the festival opening and the festive parades and marches. 17 beauties compete in the selection being one from each department of the Mendoza Province. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The beauties are tried with various contests and have a chance to approve themselves in different competitions. Only the most dignified contestant can be selected a queen of the festival. The day after the queen selection a bright and exciting march takes place. The Carrusel march carries the queen in a beautiful bull-drawn carriage through the city. The procession is escorted by equestrians clothed in ethnic costumes. The event is a tribute to the traditions of the past as several centuries ago the carriages were the main means of transportation for city residents and the means to transport the grape harvest.
Montanas de Mendoza After that Mendoza witnesses different music and theatrical shows, fairs and wine tastings for several days. The main place of holding public events is still the Frank Romero Day amphitheater filled with music from early morning till late night during the holiday. The festival ends in the middle of march. The event is always visited by many foreign guests. During the festival the travelers can not only try and taste the various sorts of wines but purchase the best ones as memorable gifts and souvenirs from Mendoza. The exciting and rich in engaging events “Vendimia” festival gains more and more popularity year by year.
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In mid-October, guests of Mendoza can enjoy a wonderful musical event held at the Teatro Gabriela Mistral in the picturesque Parque O'Higgins. Such a favorable location makes it possible for visitors to have a good time in nature and dance indoors at the same time. It is the Mendo Rock (sometimes called the Mistral Rock Festival). At this time, musicians on the stage play in a variety of styles, one way or another related to rock - from hardcore and metal to reggae and funk. The festival introduces visitors to new names in the history of music. Both local bands and those who come from other countries and continents are invited.
At the end of August, the city hosts Mendoza Green Market, the largest fair dedicated to healthy nutrition, environmental care, and responsible consumption, in Parque Central. Besides tasting local cuisine, other events await visitors to the festival. It must be said that not only independent tourists but also those traveling with children and friends will have a lot of fun here. They can enjoy a family yoga, music concerts (both local performers and visitors from neighboring countries), master classes for young tourists (including culinary and art workshops). Visitors can purchase healthy local products from local manufacturers well-known abroad: olive oil, walnuts, goat cheese.
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Throughout June, the City of Children Festival timed to Children's Day (universally celebrated on June 1) is held in the city. The large-scale events take place in Parque General San Martin, while other places in the city are also rich in entertainment that children love so much - and these are circus, magic and theatrical performances (including puppet theater), music concerts (both performances involving kids and street shows ), book fairs where you can find famous children's writers. Among the artists are not only locals but also visitors from neighboring countries, but they all have one thing in common: the desire to give children a real holiday. Among the indoor venues where colorful shows are held are the Teatro Municipal Julio Quintanilla, as well as the Nave Cultural.
Plaza Independencia in Mendoza, sports events are never neglected either - for example, at the end of April, city guests have a unique opportunity to participate in a festival called Maraton de Mendoza. Participants run a marathon starting from Potrerillos Dam located 1,200 meters above sea level to Estadio Malvinas Argentinas located in Parque General San Martin at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level. Thus, the total length of the race is 10 kilometers. Participation is open to both local residents and tourists, for which the marathon is another great way to explore the city.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Mendoza
♥   Catedral Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Mendoza, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basílica de San Francisco, Mendoza, 2.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Luján de Cuyo, Luján de Cuyo, 18.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Safety is very important in Argentina. Locals never open doors to strangers. This is one of the reasons why Halloween and other celebrations that foreigners love so much are virtually nonexistent in Argentina. Opening doors to strangers again and again is simply impossible in the country. Local people do not like talking about The Falklands War in 1982. The local name of the islands is of Argentinian origin, so every mention of the war can easily start passionate debates. In order to prevent disputes and quarrels, it is better not to talk about this theme at all. … Open
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Mendoza

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Mendoza. Learn the best periods to visit Mendoza to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Mendoza.
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