At the celebrations at el Obilisco, avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina (photo by Luis Bastardo)
On May 25, 2010, Argentina celebrated its Bicentennial, the 200th anniversary of the first truly Argentine government. The date commemorates when Argentinians gathered together in the May Revolution (la Revolución de Mayo) and decided to oust the Spanish rulers, replacing them with la Primera Junta, the first national government.
We were living in Buenos Aires at the time and parties and celebrations started months ahead of the official date. It all exploded (well, in the cultured way of Argentinians, meaning symphony concerts, elaborate wine-drenched parilla grilled steak dinners and tasteful firework displays and parades) on the actual anniversary. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny autumn day (since Argentina lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere), and the crowds were out in full force. Luis captured the moment when this young girl decided to shield herself from the light, heat and crowds with the Argentine Flag, an unintentionally dramatic and patriotic action on her part.