Last updated: 01:30 PM ET, Mon August 22 2016

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  • Rich Thomaselli | August 22, 2016 1:30 PM ET

    Argentina Is All About Friends

    Argentina Is All About Friends

    PHOTO: Celebrate Friend’s Day in Argentina because, well, you never know if friendship will turn into something else!(Courtesy Aerolineas Argentina)

    There are holidays.

    Christmas. New Year’s Eve. Easter. Boxing Day. Diwali. Valentine’s Day. Basant. Chinese New Year. Yom Kippur. Mother’s Day. Father’s Day.

    And then there are holidays. Like, manufactured holidays.

    National Boss Day. Take Your Dog To Work Day. No Housework Day. National Ice Cream Day. You get the picture.

    But this we promise you – get on an Aerolineas Argentinas flight to Buenos Aires in this magnificent South American nation and you can celebrate one of the best and most unique world holidays there is.

    Friend’s Day.

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    Though not a national holiday, Friend’s Day is indeed an official holiday in the city of Buenos Aires. It was founded by an Argentinian professor named Enrique Ernesto Febbraro, who called it “Dia del Amigo,” and it became official in the early 1970s.

    Febbraro was inspired by the July 20, 1969 moon landing when American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. The worldwide event was such a moment for the scholar that he began to push for July 20 to become “Friend’s Day,” where everybody can celebrate their friendship with others.

    He is quoted as saying, “I heard it being said that the landing on the moon was a grand gesture of friendship between humanity and the universe; the day was already decided!”

    So, what happens on Friend’s Day?

    What do you think?

    Although it is not a public holiday with a day off, Friend’s Day is a celebration of life and love. There are parties for two to 22, with friends getting together to honor each other’s strong ties – if not familial ties then certainly the next best thing.

    Much of the partying tends to happen at night, after work, and, well, it isn’t unheard of that the July 20 Friend’s Day carries over into July 21.

    So come to Argentina and make new friends! Just another reason to celebrate.


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Rich Thomaselli Argentina Beats to Your Rhythm

Rich Thomaselli Rich Thomaselli is a longtime journalist with 27 years experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. He is a nine-time individual award-winning writer and was also a staff writer at several publications that earned national recognition as well, including Advertising Age winning a ‘Best in Business’ designation from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He previously covered the travel sector for Ad Age, among other beats, from 2001-2013. Rich is married with two children. He will be based in New York. You can reach him at and contact him on Twitter @RichTravelPulse.
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