Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes – June 17, 2023

The Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes is on June 17, and we’re here with all the information you need to observe the day in the right way. Do you know that it has been 220 years since Martín Miguel de Güemes was given the command of the Los Gauchos de Güemes during the Battle of Suipacha? Martin Miguel de Güemes played an important role in Argentina’s war for freedom against the Spaniards in the late 19th century. The Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes is a public holiday in Argentina to honor the great general.

History of Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes

Martín Miguel de Güemes was born on February 8, 1785 in Salta, Argentina. He was born in a well-to-do family to Gabriel de Güemes Montero; his father and María Magdalena de Goyechea y la Corte; his mother. From a very young age, Martín Miguel de Güemes was taught philosophy and science by private tutors. He studied at the Royal College of San Carlos. Martín Miguel de Güemes started his career in the military at the age of 23 and was a part of the British invasions of Rio de la Plata. Martín Miguel de Güemes was part of the army that fought the Spaniards in the famous Battle of Suipacha.

In 1819, a royalist army marched into Argentina. In 1820, Martín Miguel de Güemes was caught between two armies; the royalist army and the governor of Tucuman, Bernabé Aráoz in the south. While trying to escape from the city, Martín Miguel de Güemes was shot in the back. After 10 days, on June 17, 1820, Martín Miguel de Güemes took his last breath and succumbed to his injuries.

Martín Miguel de Güemes was called “Hero of the Gauchos,” ‘gauchos’ referring to South American cowboys. Martín Miguel de Güemes was an incredible military leader and an intellectual. It was under his command that the Argentine forces were able to resist the Spaniards and be victorious over them. To honor this great leader, June 18 was declared as The Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes.

Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes timeline

1785
De Güemes Is Born

Martín Miguel de Güemes is born in Salta, Argentina.

1808
De Güemes Joins The Military

At the age of 23, De Güemes starts his military career.

1810
The Battle Is Won

Martín Miguel fights the Spaniards in the Battle of Suipacha

1900s
Martín Miguel Is Commemorated

June 17 is declared to be the Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes.

Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes FAQs

What is the most popular holiday in Argentina?

Other than the Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes, Truth & Justice Memorial Day, Malvinas Day, Independence Day, Christmas, and New Year are some of the most popular holidays in Argentina.

What is Martin Miguel de Guemes Day?

Martín Miguel Day is on June 17, a day when General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes is honored. It is the same as The Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes.

Who started the Argentine revolution?

The three main dictators who played an instrumental role in the Argentine Revolution or “Revolución Argentina” are Generals Juan Carlos Onganía, Marcelo Levingston and Alejandro Lanusse.

How to Observe Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes

  1. Take part in the Gauchos of Güemes Parade

    On June 17, take part in the Gauchos of Güemes Parade to honor the hero, Martín Miguel. Take part in the celebrations where people dress up in traditional uniforms, bonfires are lit, and people keep an all-night vigil of his monument.

  2. Share it on social media

    Let everyone know you're celebrating this day. Take pictures of you and your close ones taking part in the Gauchos of Güemes Parade and share them on your social media pages.

  3. Learn more about history

    Learn more about Martín Miguel and his conquests. As you dig deeper into the story, you'll come across interesting historical facts that happened in those years.

5 Interesting Facts About Argentina

  1. Fingerprints were used here first

    The use of fingerprints for identification was done for the first time in Argentina in 1892.

  2. The first animated film was made here

    “El Apóstol,” the first-ever animated feature film was made in Argentina in 1917.

  3. Yerba Mate is a favorite here

    Yerba Mate is loved by the Argentines so much that it is sometimes referred to as the national drink.

  4. Beef consumption is high here

    With 49.5 kilograms of beef consumed by an average person in Argentina, it is one of the highest beef-consuming countries in the world.

  5. Tango was born here

    Tango originated in Argentina in the 19th century.

Why Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes is Important

  1. It gives us a chance to pay our salutations to a great leader

    Martín Miguel's courage and fighting spirit need no introduction. He was one of the best leaders Argentina ever had. This day allows us to honor him.

  2. It gives us a chance to do something with our loved ones

    The Gauchos of Güemes Parade allows us to dress up and do something fun with friends and family. Tomorrow is not promised, so spend the day with those you love and rejoice.

  3. It gives us a chance to expand our knowledge

    This day provides us with an opportunity to learn more about the life of Martín Miguel and other significant characters in history. Do some research and form conclusions for yourself.

Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes dates

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