Alberto Fernández will participate in his first Tedeum as president

After this joint activity, the president will go on foot to the Metropolitan Cathedral, official sources indicated, where he will participate in the traditional religious service, which will be led by the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mario Poli.

Upon entering the temple, Alberto Fernández will go to the mausoleum that keeps the remains of General José de San Martín, to whom he will pay tribute with the placement of a floral offering, in advance of the Tedeum. It will be the first time that the President attends this celebration on May 25 in person, since in the first two years of his term the ceremony was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

After finishing the Tedeum, around 1:30 p.m., President Alberto Fernández will share a lunch. It will be with a typical Creole locro together with workers from the popular economy, in a club in the Buenos Aires town of Florencio Varela, according to official sources.

Initially, Fernández had the purpose of traveling to Antarctica, more precisely to the Esperanza base, to lead the May 25 celebrations there, but for climatic reasons he decided to cancel the visit and attend the Metropolitan Cathedral.

“I wanted to go to Antarctica, I had everything organized, it was good to remember that it is part of the territory, but the weather conditions were adverse; we can enter, but the risk is not being able to leave. We will do the Tedeum in Buenos Aires and I will go eat locro in some neighborhood and we will thus remember May 25,” the Head of State said yesterday in radio statements.

The planning of the trip to Antarctica received technical reports that discouraged its realization, and in this sense, the National Meteorological Service had indicated the need to “take into account the uncertainty of the forecast, which is high at this time of year.”

The celebration of the Tedeum, a thanksgiving that bears that name because that is how its first verse begins (“To you, God”, in Latin) is held every May 25 since the first national government of 1810, in gratitude for the emergence of the Argentine State, which proclaimed its formal independence in 1816.

Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, during their mandates, chose to participate in religious celebrations but “federalized” the venue and held it in different provincial capitals.