There are two sides to every coin and a flip side to every story. Often times, it is the behind the scenes version that gains the least attention yet has the largest impact on a situation. We are seeing this dynamic happen all over the world. Cultures and lifestyles have changed from what we once knew to the modern view it is today. Countries such as Argentina are well known for their heritage and roots. A calico quilt made up of neighboring countries and settlers who traveled to Argentina many generations ago. Tradition was the foundation of their neighborhoods, especially when it came to family.
Argentina is made up of two distinct scenes. The smaller villages or rural areas and large metropolitan sized cities. On each side of the peso you will see the picture slowly changing as the modern world steps in. There are certain revered traits and loyalties to their ancestral customs that are untouched by the nuance of a new age. As always, turning over the page there are also customs that have blended in the background.
The tighter knit communities of rural villages continue a stronger sense of the convictions and way of life they have always had. As you move into the busy cities, the perception is a little different than you might expect given the history of the Argentine people. Looking at the customs, we can see where the lines have been drawn.
Family Life in Argentina
Family is perhaps the most important part of life in Argentina. There is a defined hierarchy that surpasses most modern institutions. The priorities of Family have remained intact in exception of a few interesting turns of events. It was at one time the custom for a female to become a woman on her fifteenth Birthday. It was then she began accepting suitors or callers to date. Both Men and Women lived at home until a marriage was proposed and formally legalized. As time moved forward, this honored ritual now has startling statistics. Through census numbers, it is noted one in every four women are single mothers. There is also double the percentage of couples living together without a formal marriage. With these changes, families have continued to gain strength and maintain loyalty to the hierarchy. Only now it is painted differently than it once was.
The second most prominent piece of Argentinean culture is their unwavering faith. Depending on where you visit now, the beliefs will vary greatly. Over a quarter of the country is unbiased in their convictions, regardless of their upbringing. Secular placements and careers have excelled in recent years which changes the way households are structured. The country as a whole has experienced some hardships both in the past and the present. As a unified people with a lot of heart, they have stood together. Families continue to support one another no matter the modernization of the era. In Argentina, lifestyles may change however the love and respect for their tradition will live on.