It seemed as if everyone in the congregation was wearing the traditional escarapela in a show of national pride. For me it was quite special to hear the saints sing the song of their country.
Hear, mortals, the sacred cry:
"Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!"
Hear the noise of broken chains,
see the noble Equality enthroned.
On the surface of this land now rises
A Nation glorious and new,
Her head is crowned with laurels,
And a Lion lies at her feet.
On the way home, we saw billboards advertising the traditional soup for sale and neighbors gathering around big pots with large bowls to enjoy a warm meal on this sunny, but chilly day.
You can read more about this national day on a previous post here. http://buenosaireswest.blogspot.com.ar/search?q=25+de+mayo