ARGENTINA
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Culture:
The unique ways of life of one group, community or area.This can include food, music and dating practices.



Food: Italian and French cuisines are the primary food in an Argentinian's diet. Since Argentina is a primary producer of beef Argentinian's have beef available for a lower domestic price.Because of this Argentinians eat a large amount of beef. The beef is prepared in many ways, but, one way they prepare it is in a empanada, which includes beef as well as other vegetables in a turnover. In the northern parts of Argentina it is common to see the thick stew locro. Locro is a traditional stew made with beef, potatoes and beef. The Argentinian dietis composed of many local fruits and vegetable also which are bought in local markets.
Locro Stew
Locro Stew



Religion: Argentina is mainly a Roman-Catholic country, relying on the religion in the countries decisions. The tradition in the past was that two of the high ranking officials had to be Roman-Catholic. According to the CIA Factbook, 92% of the country's Religious population is Roman-Catholic, but only 20% of them attend church on a regular basis. Argentina also has many other religions, including many other Catholic religions, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, many Christian religions, and about 2500 other recognized cults and religions.

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Roman-Catholic Church
Social Groups: Family life in Argentina differs from family from family, but between many families there are some similarities. Traditionally the father is considered the head of the household, while the mother is in charge of taking care of the children and preforming daily jobs around the house. When people in Argentina get married, they typically live with the parents until they can pay for there own house and then separate to start a new household. In Argentina, women have as much power as men do, according to the law women can vote, as well have any career that they choose. Inside family usually keeps contact with outside family like grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc.

Typical Argentinian Family
Typical Argentinian Family

Leisure Activities:
The absolute and foremost important sport to Argentinians is futbol(soccer). Argentinians enjoy to watch their favorite teams compete on television and also when they attend a soccer match. Other than playing and watching soccer, Argentinians enjoy other recreational activites such as basketball, volleyball, and rugby. Most of the Argentinians other leisure activities include going to the movies, hanging out with friends and playing chess, some typical things that we do here too. One other big thing that Argentinians enjoy doing is going to cafes with their friends to talk while enjoying a nice cup of cocoa or coffee. There are many cafes in Argentina for friends and family to catch up on their lives and enjoy a good laugh.

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Argentina's Soccer Team in 2010


Art/Music: Argentina shows its art in several ways. One of its most famous ways is through dance. One of their most famous type of dance is The Tango. The Tango originated in the capitol of Argentina, which is Buenos Aires, around the 1800's. In modern days it is thought to be a classy dance, but it originated as a dance most likely danced by the poor. Not only is this a dance form but also is a type of music. This type of music started out the same as the dance because it accompanied it. Tango music is the most known to be Argentinian. Just because its most famous doesn't mean it is the only music that is being heard in Argentina, rock, pop, and other music is still common in Argentina. People in Argentina who practice The Tango study it as an art form that has to be perfected through out their lives.










Marriage Customs: Since the countries Catholic origins many couples get married in Catholic churches and temples.
However many rent out a large restaurants or cafes. Argentina has many traditions and rituals for weddings. A common tradition is for the bride to wear many garters and then give them away to the single women in the party. Other tradition involving single women is that there are lots of ribbons on top of the cake. Before cutting eat, each of the women take one of the ribbons and pull. Each ribbon has some trinket tied at the end. One of them has a ring, and the one who pulls it is supposed to be the next to get married (sort of like catching the bouquet).
Also there's is usually a waltz around the beginning of the party, started by the bride and groom, then the bride and her father, and then other people join in. The rest of the music played is modern and/or "oldies" from the bride and groom's teenage years. Around the end of the party there's a "carnaval carioca" with Brazilian music and a lot of plastic hats, music, etc.

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Languages in Argentina:Many different world languages are spoken in Argentina but almost all the people that live there speak Spanish because that is the official language of Argentina. There are different accents but the main one is the porteño accent in which instead of pronouncing ll and y as usual they replace it with a "sh" sound, which is very distinctive. For example llamar (to call) is pronounced "sha-MAHR" instead of "ya-MAHR".



Cultural Patterns- In the area of literature in particular, this has been a Multi-cultural transaction, with Argentina producing writers of international stature such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Ernesto Sábasto, Manuel Puig and Osvaldo Soriano. With the education of many Argentines taking place in Europe, Buenos Aires in particular has self-consciously emulated European cultural trends in art, music and architecture. As a result, there are many important art museums and galleries in the city, and it has a vigorous theater community. Argentine cinema has also achieved international stature, and has been used as a vehicle to exorcise the horrors of the Dirty War.






Sources:

http://www.argentina.gov.ar/argentina/portal/paginas.dhtml?pagina=1689
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