Felize Dia del Amigo — Now where’s my damn chocolate?

While there’s no chocolate given or received on this holiday in Argentina, Dia del Amigo is celebrated by millions of people every winter here in South America.

Dia del Amigo — or Friends Day — is celebrated every year on July 20 in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Paraguay has to be a little different and celebrate it on July 30.

A true Renaissance man, Dr. Enrique Ernesto Febbraro, kicked off Friends Day in Argentina after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing.

He knew that for the first time in history, everyone on the planet was united behind a single event.

Moved to build on this unity, Dr. Febbraro wrote four thousand letters to a hundred countries around the world. While he only received 700 replies, he still knew that he was on to something and the first official recognition of the day came from the government of Buenos Aires Province that authorized the celebration and made it official.

To best understand Friend’s Day, think of something akin to Valentine’s Day — without the aura of romance. People tend to gather during the evening and recently it has become very popular in Argentina.

In 2005 the number of friends wanting to extend the greeting was so great that a temporary breakdown of the cell phone system happened in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Cordoba and Rosario.

Many restaurants and bars are completely booked as long as a week before the holiday.

Felize Dia del Amigo!

 Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City.  Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires

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