Dancers perform a traditional Syrian dance last Sunday at the ‘Celebrate Syria Day’ Festival on Avenida de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires. In its series of cultural festivals along Avenida de Mayo, Buenos Aires celebrated the food, art, religion and culture of the war-torn Western Asian nation and its neighbors.
There is a sizable community of Syrian Jews in Buenos Aires. New immigrants traditionally lived and worked in the neighborhoods of La Boca, Once and Flores. Former Argentine President, Carlos Saúl Menem, was born to Syrian Alawite parents.