Today we are celebrating “Flag Day” or “Dia de la Bandera” in Argentina. The actual day is really the 20th of June, but in the last year or so, the Argentines have gotten hip to the idea of celebrating federal holidays during the work week, specifically Monday. Today Argentines are celebrating their beautiful and unique flag with barbecues (asados), trips to the mall with the entire family and big nap in the afternoon.
I think Argentina may have one of the most beautiful flags around. Its different in its color scheme, no provocative and warring red white and blue here. Its a calming celeste , yellow and white. Its a happy peaceful flag, no weapons or crest with fighting animals, just a brilliant sun with a lot on his mind. Another bonus to this pretty flag are the awesome national sports uniforms that this flag affords.
However there is a price to paid for the undeniable loveliness of the Argentine Flag. This flag has its own song..its really a sad and melancholy song that is played everyday at school when the flag is raised on the playground. This happens at the beginning of school when the kids have all just arrived at class. You know you are late for school if the song is playing on the PA when you enter the school building. While the song is playing, everyone (that means YOU) stops what they are doing and freezes. No moving or talking. Its like playing the game “statue”. The song is not long but is really depressing. In the 5 1/2 years we have been here, the school has had 3 versions. I personally like best the instrumental version, you are spared the suicidal voices.