The President will attend the Government House in the morning where he will share a breakfast with the members of the national cabinet and other officials, with whom he will then walk to the Metropolitan Cathedral, official sources indicated.
The religious celebration will be officiated by Cardinal Poli and will be attended by ministers of other religious confessions, members of the diplomatic corps, the national cabinet and officials.
Upon entering the temple, 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, the sources said.
This is the first time that Fernández will attend a Tedeum in person in his capacity as President, since in the first two years of his term the ceremony was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After the ceremony, the president of the Nation will share a lunch, consisting of a Creole locro, together with neighbors in the town of Florencio Varela, the sources commented.
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 possibility of a ‘sea of clouds’ phenomenon, combined with the low temperatures, strong to moderate winds, expected between the early hours of May 25 and the early hours of the morning, give rise to conditions that are not the most favorable for a visit”, they explained from the organism.
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.