The occasion celebrated the anniversary of the Revolución de Mayo, a week-long series of events from May 18 to 25, 1810, in Buenos Aires, capital of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. This Spanish colony included roughly the territories of present-day Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and parts of Brazil. In May of 1810, word reached Buenos Aires that the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII, had been deposed by Napoleon Bonaparte. Rather than serve the new King, Joseph Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother), the city formed its own ruling council, essentially declaring itself independent until such a time as Ferdinand could reclaim the throne.

The removal of Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros and the establishment of the Primera Junta (First Junta), on May 25 was the first successful revolution in the South American Independence process.

Although initially an act of loyalty to the Spanish crown, the “May Revolution”, as it came to be known, was eventually a precursor to independence.

The famous Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires is named in honour of these actions.

Ambassador Gregorio-Cernadas told the gathering that on the historic day 208 years ago when his country elected its first own government, this had proclaimed a freedom message for all the South American continent.

The ambassador said this was his second National Day in Budapest, and his family and the team of the Argentine embassy were celebrating it with great joy. Indeed, they were extremely satisfied because in just one year and nine months since his arrival they were successfully accomplishing their main tasks, which were to enhance the presence and visibility of Argentina in Hungary, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the three countries in which he represents his nation.

“But if we managed to do it, first of all it is because we found in Hungary people who are interested in our country, keen to help us in any way and who received us always with open arms and the best attitude, ready to endeavour new projects with Argentina,” Ambassador Gregorio-Cernadas.said. “Moreover, we are extremely lucky to count on long historical bonds with the many Hungarian people who emigrated to Argentina, and who present idiosyncratic affinities and a wide future that brings us together.”

“We also met here an extraordinary Corps Diplomatique, who helped us a lot, and with many of whom we built sincere friendship relations. Even at a private level, with my family we feel already at home in Budapest, including our four children in the BISB, the British International School in Budapest.”

The ambassador said he and his wife Cecilia are doing their part to reciprocate this generosity. Since their arrival they had realised that their job could not be reduced to the classical one-way diplomatic strategy of “selling our country in Hungary”, but that their duty would be richer and more complete if they could also accomplish the “selling” of Hungary in Argentina, to make his fellow countrymen know more about this country.

“This effort allowed us to go deeper in the knowledge and the affection towards this extraordinary country, which, by the way, we are convinced enriches us both professionaly and personally. The way Cecilia is building bridges between DISB (Diplomatic Spouses in Budapest) and the Hungarian society is a clear example of how we both assume our job as diplomats.”

“From my side, I keep working on my personal quest for adding some magyarság to my argentinity. To sum up: this reception is in part to celebrate our National Day but also to express our gratefulness for the way you all have helped us to accomplish our duties in Budapest.”

The guests were then entertained by tango dancers Andrea Serban and Endre Szeghalmi, who are resident in Budapest and became champions in the Tango Salón category in the UK Tango Festival and Championship 2018 at Porchester Hall, London, in April, thus securing their place in the semi-finals of the Buenos Aires Tango Festival and Championship 2018, the world's most recognised such championship, which will be held in the Argentina capital in August.

Photos by Bálint Hirling




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