Local traditions and culture in Uruguay

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    Which Week?

    by andal13 Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    In Uruguay we have a special week: Semana Santa (the Holy Week or Easter Holidays). You can say: "Holy Week? A lot of countries have a Holy Week!" The special thing is that ours is a lay country, so when the State and the Church parted (early 20th century) the name of the week was changed (except for the Catholic people, of course) into "Semana de Turismo" ("Tourism Week"); since then, many people travel (inside or outside the country). But during that week it takes place the "Vuelta Ciclista", a very important cycling competition, so this week is also known as "Semana de la Vuelta" ("the week of the Lap"). In Paysandú, there is a very important festival, organized by a brewery, so many people call it "Semana de la Cerveza" ("beer's week"). Finally, in Montevideo is celebrated a very important roughriders competition, so this week is also called "Semana Criolla" ("Creole Week").

    En Uruguay tenemos una semana especial: Semana Santa. Podrán decir: "¿Semana Santa? ¡Muchos países tienen Semana Santa!" Lo especial es que el nuestro es un país laico, entonces, cuando el Estado se separó de la iglesia (a comienzos del siglo XX), el nombre de la semana fue cambiado (excepto para los Católicos, por supuesto) a "Semana de Turismo"; desde entonces, mucha gente viaja (dentro y fuera del país). Pero durante esa semana tiene lugar la "Vuelta Ciclista", una competencia muy importante, así que esta semana es conocida también como la "Semana de la Vuelta" ("the week of the Lap"). En Paysandú, hay un festival muy importante, organizado por una cervecería, por lo que mucha gente la llama "Semana de la Cerveza". Finalmente, en Montevideo se celebra una importante competencia de domas, por lo que esta semana se llama también "Semana Criolla".

    Semana Criolla (Creole Week)

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    by andal13 Written Oct 15, 2003

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    Mate is our national "drug"... It's an infusion made of "yerba mate" (dried and sliced leaves of a plant called Illex paraguayensis) and served in a pumpkin (also called "mate") with hot water; you must suck it with a "bombilla" (some kind of metallic pipe). People have mate in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, too, but Uruguay is the only country where you will see people having mate on the streets (actually, everywhere...)
    But, between us, I do not like mate at all!!!

    El mate es nuestra "droga" nacional... Es una infusión hecha con "yerba mate" (hojas secas y molidas de una planta llamada Illex paraguayensis) y servido en una especie de calabaza (llamada también mate) con agua caliente; se sorbe con una "bombilla" (una especie de sorbete metálico). La gente toma mate en Argentina, Paraguay y Brazil, también, pero Uruguay es el único país en donde verás gente tomando mate en la calle (en realidad, en todas partes...)
    Pero, entre nosotros, ¡¡¡no me gusta el mate!!!!

    Drinking mate

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    a little spanish..

    by pepples46 Updated Sep 14, 2003

    a little spanish does go a long way and will make life easier..portugues is understood! actually it is quite good to speak or understand portugues, spanish in Uruguay is a little of both lingos! the country was a part of Brazil, till the Argentines just started a little war, but did not win,and Uruguay.got it's Independence from Brasil in 1825.Argentina did not like it......it is also said: Carlos Gardel, the greates argentine Hero of Tango, was born in a little Village here..*

    go to www.tourismorural.com.uy------------
    only in spanish though

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    by Bjorgvin Updated Aug 14, 2003

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    Gauchos were the cowboys of the pampas of Argentine, Uruguay and Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil. They were usually mestizos but sometimes white, black, or mulatto. Gaucho weapons were the lasso, knife, and bolas, a device made of leather cords and three iron balls or stones that was thrown at the legs of an animal to immobilize it. The costume of the gauchos is still worn by modern cowboys inn the area.

    EL Gaucho.

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  • Uruguayan Spanish: They...

    by salime Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Uruguayan Spanish: They pronounce 'y' and 'll' like 'sh' in english - this is the biggest difference that can make it impossible to understand if you don't expect it. Sometimes the 's' is removed from the end of syllables. They use the pronoun 'vos' often instead of 'tu', and it comes with its own conjugations. A good word to know is 'ta' which comes from 'esta' and means 'OK'.

    They eat a lot of meat. Don't say 'gracias' after every sip of mate that someone offers you - it means you don't want more.

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    Colonia is absolutely...

    by cochinjew Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Colonia is absolutely dependent on tourists from Buenos Aires, which has dramatically decreased since the collapse of the argentine peso. Coming in from Buenos aires you get the feeling that you are coming to a less sophisticated spot, which is normal. People even look a little different. Gentle, though

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    Uruguay has the highest...

    by Luis_Alberto Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Uruguay has the highest literacy rate in South America. The people are also very crafty, I happened to pass by an arts and craft fair in the streets of Montevideo, and I saw this sign (Mucho humo y poca luz) which means 'Too much smoke and very little light', this stuck in my mind to this date. I think it has a wonderful meaning.

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    share the life of the people outside Montevideo

    by gandara Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Spend a few days in a big estancia and know more about countryside, cows, horses, birds, "muleta".
    Share the meals with the owners.
    Sleep in an ABSOLUTE silence, enjoy the stars, thousands of them!

    taking care of animals
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    Old cars

    by kyoub Written May 31, 2008

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    Your car never seems to be to ugly or to old to drive in Uruguay. Models from the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s still can be seen on the roads, transporting families or farm goods to town.

    Ugly car Vintage car
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    eating Asado

    by Valeggua Written May 2, 2008

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    Asado is very popular in Uruguay, it's kind of like a barbeque with big cuts of (delicious) meat.
    My favourite: "asado de tira" (ribs)

    asado asado

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    if you like candombe

    by gandara Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    On Saturdays, from 6:00pm , fabulous , terrific!
    You are always welcome! Nice people!
    Curuguaty 1034
    Plaza carlos Gardel
    Barrio Sur

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    Visit national heroes

    by bkathryn Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Another site to see in Montevideo (I saw it in May 1999), is the Mausoleum of Artigas, a national hero.

    Artigas' Mausoleum

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    Visit a local market

    by bkathryn Written Sep 7, 2002

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    In my travels, I've often found that a market can be a bit of a slice of the culture. We saw this local market in Montevideo in May 1999.

    Montevideo market

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    Uruguay's flag

    by lolitajane Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Uruguay's flag has the same colours as the Argentina's one, blue and white, with a yellow sun, but the disposition of the stripes and the sun is different.


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