And old Jewish tradition in Buenos Aires
Posted 10 December 2005 - 06:23 AM
In the late sixties and seventies it was really hip to dress up the best way you could to go out early or later at night for dinner or the movies.
I and others would't really leave home before 10PM and not earlier and may come back around 3 to 4 AM
But it always caught my attention why this obsession with dressing up and look the best on Saturday?
I think one could draw parallels between Jewish Shabbath cultural influence on the people habits in Buenos Aires which grew out as customary hip thing to do on Saturdays especially before going out to dinner. It was dinner ethiquette but somethign else noone knew what or how but evident everywhere.
And so the elegant dining at the restaurant culture was born together with the revista, cinemas and and cabarets
Even when The Jewish population always kept a low profile given Peronist sympathy towards the nazis at the time we the citizens of Buenos Aires should be greatful for this influence which made us a cultural centre of fine dining for many years.
Now Buenos Aires had the largest Jewish population in Latin America (still has many) Sephardies were the first settlers in the late 19th century and they were called (Gauchos Judios) Jewish Cow Boys, they mostly settled the mesopotamian regions and the provinces of Entre Rios and Santa Fe. Later in the 1914 throught to 1940 many Jewish immigrants came along with sucessive waves of other immingrants from, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Bielorussia, Ukraine, Austria and Germany of course.
My father of course had many Jewish friends with whom he sailed from Gdynia in Poland.
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Posted 11 December 2005 - 09:48 AM
Posted 11 December 2005 - 07:34 PM
I have not seen in my travels any customs parallel to that of BsAs anywhere not at the time anyway. Not evn NZ;)
Even Clive James picked some of the vibes when he reported from BA a number of years ago.
Perhaps multicultural influences? Sure! But curious ritual that of Saturdays nevertheless, not only the nights but right after lunch.
Anyway things do change I don't expect it to remain the same