BC: Pre-CAE Diana Palomino
FC: by Pre-CAE | Facts and reflections on the Argentine Bicentenary
1: During the Bicentenary the country has gone through some hard situations, like civil wars and battles with neighbouring countries, but we have always got together to pull these through. Mili Rolón When I think of Argentina's Bicentenary I can only bring to mind our traditional dishes like empanadas, asado and locro. and our favourite drinks such as wine and mate. And when I think about clothes I simply remember what they've told me that we were always trying to imitate French fashion. Martín Miranda
2: We finally arrive at our own 200 years of a unique country. I always think about how our present would be like if we hadn't pulled the revolution through. Maybe, we would be a dependent country, where our rights would never be recognised. Juan Ignacio Burelli | I would be prouder if discrimination stopped being so strong. Freedom! Macu Pereyra
3: 200 years of Argentine history
4: I'm very happy about how people celebrated the Bicentenary. It was a very patriotic ceremony, in which everybody left aside differences in ideologies to enjoy it altogether proudly. Some were crying, others hugged each other but, in fact, it was a day on which my country was united in success Luna Mariani
6: The Argentine Cockade is one of the national symbols of Argentina, instituted by decree on February 18, 1812 by the First Triumvirate, who determined that "The national cockade of the Provincias Unidas del Río de la Plata shall be of colours white and light blue [...]".
7: The Flag of Argentina was created by Manuel Belgrano during the Argentine War of Independence. While being in Rosario he noticed that both the royalist and patriotic forces were using the same colors, Spain's yellow and red.
8: The Open Cabildo May 22,1810
9: The May Revolution (Spanish: Revolución de Mayo) was a week-long series of revolutionary events that took place from May 18 to 25, 1810, in Buenos Aires, capital of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata, a colony of the Spanish Crown, which contained the present-day nations of Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. These events are commemorated in Argentina as "May Week" (Spanish: Semana de Mayo).
10: This is what Buenos Aires looked like in those times
12: Reflections on who we've become in 200 years In 200 years' time I reckon that Argentina will be in a terrible social state. Ever since the crisis in 2001, the country has been in a downfall. This worries me. However, I've heard loads of theories about what's gonna happen in 2012. There are theories that could change the way things are in the country. To tell the truth, I'm sort of scared of what the future hold for us. If you compare the world 100 years ago to today, the difference is scary. People these days don't think enough about the world. Mankind has become ignorant and violent, we have lost our innocence. If everyone is properly educated, we will make the world a better place. Ryan Schulman
14: As a nation, we haven't worked together. For 200 we have been manipulated by a sector of society which only wants to satisfy their ambitions, never having enough and never thinking as a unified community. Besides, we are not independent. We depend on European counties; we don't see ourselves as a nation with its own projects. It's as if we were happy not to be producing our products. We must thank and congratulate those who have fought and tried to make a change, however little, to make this a more honest country. How come that having the best lands, the cleanest water, all types of weathers (a chance to grow practically anything), the best sports people...we are where we are now? Carola Berro Madero
15: I think the the "boleadoras" are the most representative item of our culture because it reminds us of the "gauchos" , who fought for our country and always kept themselves independent of the Spanish Colony. Ignacio Balseiro To me, the chandelier is an items to highlight because it symbolizes the casting of light over these revolutionary people, who started seeing things differently. They started thinking that a revolution was possible, i.e. the saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Tomás Rago | Symbolisms
16: National Anthem | One of the things I mostly respect from the bicentenary is the creation of our National Anthem. The scores and the lyrics were such a masterpiece that they chose it to becom our National Anthem. Santiago Mola
17: Forbidden, forbid... Freedom starts with a prohibition. Mariano Sanchez | I'm very proud of what my country is like nowadays and about all the conflicts it has overcome. Candelaria RobertsonGunn | In my opinion the Bicentenary is like a collective memory of our country's evolution through time. Macarena Bacigaluppi
18: I think that the Bicentenary is a great event in which people of all ages celebrate together; it's a great chance for the country to be united. Manuel Bolla Agrelo | For me it was a very important date and it deserved the celebration it had. It's incredible that 200 years have passed by and we are still a good country, which keeps progressing. Santiago Forteza | The May Revolution was our first step towards freedom, and now, after 200 years we are celebrating this significant event. Macarena Alonso
19: I'm proud to be Argentine!
20: I'm happy my country has evolved to what it is today. The celebration of 200 years brought us together to remember our beginnings in 1810. Sofi
21: In my opinion, our country is really separated at the moments, so I hope this important date and its celebration will help us to work as a united nation, so as to succeed as a republic. Delfi Artigas | The Bicentenary has joined us as a happy country, without problems of differences. We can keep on living united for our own good. Agus Ayaso
22: I think that the Bicentenary is a good time to remember our mistakes and our efforts to make a better country and a better society. I am really proud to be Argentine, since this country is unique in its culture. Santiago Sanchez
23: In These 200 years a lot of things have happened; we first overcome being a Spanish colony. But we have to choose better leaders than those we have nowadays. The celebrations were great but the money spent on them could have been used on better things. Alex