This is Semana Santa, officially dubbed Semana de Turismo by the government and also, Semana Criolla.
Semana Criolla is (among other things I suppose) where people from the Interior (everywhere outside Montevideo) come in to show their lifestyle to the city folk, sell their wares, cook meat and rodeo. It’s a great event.
Gauchos are Uruguay’s cowboys and are, in my opinion, Real Men. An elaboration:
- They wear cool wide belts apparently for the sole purpose of toting useful tools.
- Said belts are adorned by large and elaborate buckles that I find more impressive than any other style of buckle that I have heretofore seen.
- Said belts also serve the primary purpose of being a place in whence to store a large, ornate knife used for all manner of cutting.
- They wear sweet leather boots. With pants tucked in so everyone knows they are wearing sweet boots.
- Their hats have ornate metal straps.
- Gauchos can make even berets look tough.
Note, so far we have only dealt with their clothing. There is more.
- They ride horses. Well.
- They raise delicious beef, and not in CAFO‘s.
- They live in the real country.
- They drink large quantities of mate.
- Did I mention that they carry large ornate knives everywhere they go?
I could go on, but suffice it to say that being around gauchos makes me want to swear off computers, move to the country and become a Real Man.
Finally, a video to further illustrate:
And, if you’re still reading, you might be interested in “Nay, a tumblelog” where occasionally I tumble Uruguay related bits.