Every 2 April is Malvinas Day in Argentina, to mark the time in 1982 when Argentine forces occupied the Malvinas, seizing them from British control, and sparking the 74-day Falkland War.
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Formerly, Argentina celebrated a day with a very long name: “The Day of Argentine Sovereignty over the Malvinas, Sandwich, and South Atlantic Islands”. But in 2001, Malvinas Day took the place of this older holiday.
The day is meant as a tribute to the over 600 Argentine soldiers who died during the 10-week conflict over the Falkland Islands. Argentina continues to protest the United Kingdom’s assumption of sovereignty over the islands to this day.
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