Argentina has no shortage of public holidays dotted throughout the calendar, several of which have been introduced or had their names made more politically correct since 2003. Most services run even on these feriados, with the possible exception of Christmas Day and May Day. Bear in mind that some of these holidays move to the following Monday (or sometimes to another convenient date) and that “bridges” are conceded when certain holidays fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, to form long weekends. There are also several local public holidays, specific to a city or province, throughout the year (those specific to certain communities and non-Christian faiths are also respected by state-run services). Many offices close for the whole of Semana Santa (Holy Week), the week leading up to Easter, while the Thursday is optional, as is New Year’s Eve. Easter Monday is not normally a holiday.

January 1

New Year’s Day

Carnival

Final Monday and Tuesday before Lent (usually Feb)

Good Friday

Friday before Easter

March 24

Truth and Justice Day, in commemoration of the 1976 coup

April 2

Malvinas Veterans’ Day

May 1

Labour Day

May 25

Day of the Revolution

June 20

Day of the Flag (anniversary of General Belgrano’s death)

July 9

Independence Day

August 17

Anniversary of San Martín’s death

October 12

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity

November 20

Day of National Sovereignty

December 8

Immaculate Conception

December 25

Christmas Day

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