The Transformation of May Day in Argentina in the 1940s and 1950s Many governments use parades and holidays for the purpose of propaganda. Through the manipulation of symbols they are able to change the relationship between the government and the people. In Argentina the Peron government manipulated the symbolism and rituals of May Day (May 1st) to their own advantage. In this case they changed the entire meaning of May Day. What had traditionally been a day in which the workers protested the behaviour of the government was transformed into a spectacle to perpetuate the myth that the government had made the workers happy. In this essay the book Mañana es San Perón Mariano Ben Plotkin will be used to demonstrate that the Peron government...The end:
..... industrial workers. In 1953 the processes seems to have been completed. At this point images of Peron and governmental slogans dominated the parades. By doing this May Day became a celebration of the Peron government instead of a celebration of the relationship between workers and the government. In conclusion, Mañana es San Perón demonstrates how through the exclusion of traditional symbols and the creation of new symbolic connections the Peron government totally changed the meaning of May Day. It went from being a day of protest by workers to a day for celebrating the Peron government. Word Count=749 References Plotkin, Mariano Ben, Mañana es San Perón: a Cultural History of Perón’s Argentina, Lanham, MD: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 2003.