It’s May 25th today! Which means we party like it’s 1810, because that’s when the May Revolution took place, creating the first local government and beginning the long road to independence. There will be a lot of partying around the city (and the country) with lots of events, recitals, ceremonies and yes, another Cadena Nacional. So follow our updates to watch what’s happened so far or watch the celebrations live.
12:15 AM – THE FESTIVAL ON PLAZA DE MAYO IS NOW OVER
6:30 PM – CRISTINA SPOKE ON CADENA NACIONAL
4 PM – THE PARTY HAS BEGUN AT THE PLAZA DE MAYO
Watch as the party continues at the Plaza de Mayo with live performances. Is it a partisan event? Sure. But oh well, let’s just focus on celebrating and enjoying the music.
12 PM – CRISTINA ATTENDED TE DEUM CEREMONY IN LUJAN
Now, this year Cristina decided to one more time go on tour around the country for the May 25 Te Deum. You see, traditionally, all Argentine presidents would attend the Te Deum religious ceremony on May 25, conducted at the Metropolitan Cathedral. But in 2007, when Néstor was still President, he officially announced that he was going to break with that tradition and attend the Te Deum ceremony somewhere else in an effort to be more inclusive of other provinces. The unofficial version is, of course, that he didn’t like it very much whenever the Church, led here by then Cardinal Mario Bergoglio (AKA Pope Francis), reminded everyone that there was still poverty and crime. Cristina continued that practice until last year, when she decided to return to the Metropolitan Cathedral eight years later.
This year is an election year, so time to hit the road again! And this time the honor went to the Luján Basilica in the Buenos Aires province (the largest electoral district in the country, wink, wink).
Cristina was joined by her Cabinet and BA province governor Daniel Scioli. The homily was led by the archbishop of the Mercedes-Luján Archdioceses, Monsignor Agustín Radrizzani who, in sync with what Poli said this morning, called on all Argentines to learn to live with each other and on “preserving the people’s Christian values”.
Radrizzani also decided to quote Jorge Bergoglio, who back in 2003 said: “Let’s walk together, let’s look after each other, take care of yourselves. Don’t hurt each other. Look after children and the elderly. Let there not be hate. Let there not be fights. Cast envy aside. Don’t criticize other people. Talk to each other”.
A clear sign of the times, as political polarization in the country remains as high as ever.
11 AM: MACRI ATTENDED TE DEUM AT THE METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL
And he wasn’t very happy. You see, last year President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner took a more conciliatory tone and decided to return to the Metropolitan Cathedral for the Te Deum ceremony. And everyone was like “Yay, togetherness!” because Macri and Cristina were suddenly seen sharing the same room.
But alas, this time she backtracked and decided to step on the gas and run far, far away from the Capital Federal.
“To tell you the truth, I was surprised. I thought last year we had seen a change that would continue. I thought to myself: ‘We have a year left, she’ll be back again’. But on this last year, we took a step backwards. A real shame,” Macri said.
During the Te Deum at the Cathedral, Cardinal Mario Poli said it was time for Argentina to “recover the notion that our country is like a big family with plurality of opinion” and urged the population to work to “overcome the idea that the other is an adversary or an enemy”.
HERE’S THE SCHEDULE FOR TODAY’S ACTIVITIES:
- ALL DAY: Traffic in the area surrounding the Plaza de Mayo has been shut down to make way for several cultural activities. On Avenida de Mayo you will find the “Patria es nuestra tierra” exhibit, with food stands offering traditional dishes from the region, green spaces decorated with the local flora and fauna. Head over to Avenida Diagonal Norte for the “Patria es Innovación” exhibit, where you fill find several activities related to the local industry, science and technology. Last but not least, go to Avenida Diagonal Sur and visit the “Feria de Productos de Nuestra Tierra“, which displays the many agricultural products of Argentina. (See map below)
- 11 AM: Mayor Mauricio Macri attends the Te Deum ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Plaza de Mayo
- 12 PM: President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner attends Te Deum ceremony at the Basilica of Luján in the Buenos Aires province
- 4 PM: The music festival begins in Plaza de Mayo, right in front of the Casa Rosada and expect the insane partying to last until midnight. Also, if you decide to attend, be aware that there will be a lot of people. Performances on the main stage today include artists such as Banda Zamba, Maravillosa Música, Agarrate Catalina, Ana Prada, Buena Vista Social Club, Fabiana Cantilo, David Lebon, Javier Malosetti, Emilio del Guercio, Ignacio Montoya Carlotto, Palo Pandolfo, Leo García, Litto Nebbia and the Bersuit Bergarabat. So grab a choripán on the street and get ready to dance.
- 7 PM: President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner speaks on Cadena Nacional to offer the last May 25 message of her presidency. According to La Nación, she is expected to deliver a strong partisan message (she does it every year). Then the music continues until midnight, when May Week celebrations come to a close with an impressive fireworks show.
Here’s a map for you.