Friday, August 25, 2006

La Noche de la Nostalgia

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Nostalgia party Uruguay Every 25th of August Uruguay celebrates the Declaration of Independance. It's one the five non workable holidays in the year, meaning the night before it's a good time for partying, just like a friday, or saturday.

Something like twenty years ago, sponsored by a local am radio, someone invented "La Noche de la Nostalgia" (the nostalgia night), to name a party where only "old hits" would be played. This party's idea spread along the years, like a virus, and now the night of the 24th it's a national phenomenon, that's even been passed as a law (LEY N° 17.825 ????).

Custome party UruguayThis particular night moves as many people as the night of the 25th, or 31st of december. Some even say that it beats those nights, becoming THE night of the year when most people go out partying in Uruguay. It appeals to all ages, I know some old couples that only go out dancing that night in the year. There is a great variety of things to do, parties of all types and sizes, public, and private. Some people organize thematic custom parties. It's just different.

The whole thing is based in "the good all days" concept. The night of the 24th kinda celebrates the idea that former days of our lives will always be better than present ones, which sounds pretty much like a tango, if you think about it (todo tiempo pasado fue mejor). Here in Uruguay, nostalgia is culture.

It's speaks a lot about Uruguay's idiosyncracy. It's the yearly instance to remind us that we were once the champions of the world, we were called the switzerland of south america, and so on and so forth.

When it started old hits were music of the sixties and seventies, and now oldies mean eighties and ninties hits. If you go out you may listen to stuff like: Barry White, Barry Manilow, Air Supply, Billy Joel, Aha, Sui Generis, Los Shakers, Billy Idol, Queen, Beatles, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, The Police, The Ramones, etc. There are also anti nostalgia movements, which organize rave parties to celebrate all the contrary, for those that cannot bear to live in a country that tends to look backwards, or that just want something different from that night.

The stay in the mood, I leave you now with an oldie...

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25 comments:

pierdolapaciencia said...

hola Gabo, vi el comentario que pusiste en la pagina de los Uruguayans studying abroad. how did we end up here? vinimos a estudiar con una beca del Ministerio de Educacion de Japon. Muy interesante y grandes desafios :)

Siempre miro el blog que tienen From Uruguay. Me parece muy interesante. Yo hace poco comence uno mas sobre cultura y temas de mi interes (negocios) relativos a Japon. Uno de mis articulos fue agregado al blog de los uruguayos estudiando en el exterior. Esta semana escribi otro sobre matsuris (festivales), y ayer finalmente comence uno en español.

Impecable el relato de la noche de la nostalgia. Ahora, lo escribiste super rapido, no?

Anonymous said...

Detalle, me parece que el 25 de agosto de 1825 nos declaramos independientes de Brasil y el Reino de Portugal...

gabo_uy said...

pierdolapaciencia,

Sobre la liberación de Brasil y del Reino de Portugal lo verifico y lo arreglo (como veras historia nacional no es mi fuerte).

Con respecto a lo de haberlo escrito super rapido, estimo que no más rapido que el resto por?

pierdolapaciencia said...

Lo del detalle sobre la independencia de Brasil y del Reino de Portugal no fui yo, aunque estuve a punto de decirlo (pero tampoco la historia es mi fuerte, y no estaba tan segura).

Lo de haberlo escrito super rapido viene porque cuando yo chequee el blog era Sabado 26 de agosto 3.30pm en Japon lo que quiere decir que en UY seria la madrugada del 20 de agosto 3.30am en Uruguay. La diferencia horaria son 12 horas.

cheers,

ps. recomende tu blog a un aleman que vive en Espania y le gustaria radicarse en UY y esta haciendo las averiguaciones... (al tipo lo conozco a travez de mi flog).

Anonymous said...

hola

soy de peru y llegue a uruguay en mayo
de 2006 con la intencion de tratar de establecerme. Despues de buscar empleo
durante 2 meses,tengo un grado universitario en ingenieria de sistemas y hablo ingles y español fluidamente, empece a trabajar en antel como administrador de servidores unix, y ahora estoy con el problema de
bucar un lugar donde alquilar..
la uncia recomendacion que les hago es que tengan dinero.. con dinero hacen todo aca...

saludos

oskar.

Horazio said...

Yo me acuerdo bien de una fiesta organizada por CocaCola en la rambla de pocitos!
No se cuando porque era chico...
Does it ring a bell ?!?
(PS no vivo en Uruguay, vivo en Italia).

Fonzi said...

Le contesto al Usuario ANONIMO PERUANO , que no se como será la cosa en Perú , pero no solo en Uruguay se hacen las cosas con dinero , en el resto del mundo tambien. Eso se llama capitalismo.
Y de paso le pregunto , que carajo tiene que ver tu comentario con la noche de la nostalgia ?
Ah.......me olvidaba, buen relato GABO !!
SALUTE..........

DANY said...

verry nice the blog, pero quien lo hace un Uruguay@ o un Extranger@?.. je

Chau...!

gabo_uy said...

dos uruguayos, tali y yo

Anonymous said...

Huy!! Qué mezcla!! Tu comentario es un poco enredado y desprolijo,
el concepto de ¨La noche de la Nostalgia¨se derivó del programa
öld Hits¨ de Pablo Lecueder en Radiomundo (muy poular allá lejos y por entonces)
Se le ocurrió un día festejar su cumpleaños con una fiesta de viejos exitos musicales en la onda de su programa.
Qué tiene que ver la nostalgia de algunos del mundial de Maracaná y
la Suiza de América con una noche de recuerdos musicales. Casi como mezclar naranjas con naranjas!!
Just get the facts don´t flake them!!
I know it sounds much better when you take some¨writer´s freedom¨to ilustrate the history, seems like you lived in Usa for too long.

Anonymous said...

naranjas con manzanas, debí decir!!

gabo_uy said...

for the record, I've never lived in the states..

por otro lado los puntos de vista expresados y las asociaciones realizadas, entre la fiesta de la nostalgia y la mar en coche son mios, absolutamente subjetivos, y de nadie mas, si queres ilustrarte para eso esta wikipedia

por otro lado si te parece que la fiesta de la nostalgia se reduce y tiene exito solo por una dimension musical y no tiene nada que ver con la idiosincracia uruguaya, bueno... alla vos, pero discrepo profundamente. Si tu vision de la realidad es distinta, te invito a crear tu blog (viva internet)

por ultimo... que facil es hablar desde el anonimato

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