The ancestors of most Argentineans of today originally came from Spain and
Italy, with smaller percentages coming from other European nations and
Middle-Eastern countries. The country also has a Jewish population of about
350,000, the fifth-largest in the world, and a similar number of Syrian Lebanese
are some indigenous communities that live in the northeast areas of Argentina
and in the Patagonian region. Argentina
has recently received an important intake of immigration from neighbouring
countries, mainly Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay.
The immigration from Perú is also significant.
traditional word meaning country man of South America from Indian and Spanish
descent. Till the beginning of this century, there were gauchos in Argentina who
spent their days working and riding their horses around the large "estancias"(similar
to Australian stations), and looking after cattle that roamed the Pampas.
Gauchos often featured as heroes in last-century poems, stories and
Australians, Argentineans like eating beef and drinking wine.
The most popular way to eat beef is the "asado" (barbecued beef
ribs), whereas whole sides of beef or kid may be spit roasted for large
gatherings. Also popular are
"empanadas" which are crescent-shaped pies usually filled with meat or
corn, and "Locro," a type
of stew made with corn, beans, potatoes and peppers.
The national drink is "mate"
(pronounced mat-A), a green tea made from the leaves of
“yerba mate”, a national
City people dress in garments similar to those worn by Australians.
Rural workers may wear the traditional gaucho clothing: a wide brimmed
hat, a poncho, and a loose pair of trousers tucked into boots.