Tango and Mate
April 25, 2010
This leather bookmark shows Argentina, a mate and a couple dancing tango:
Mate (Spanish, also known as chimarrão (Portuguese), is a traditional South American infused drink. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate (llex paraguariensis) in hot water. It is the national drink in Uruguay, though Paraguay and Argentina also happen to claim nationality over the beverage, and drinking it is a common social practice in parts of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, eastern Bolivia, Lebanon and Syria.
It is considered to be a tradition typical of the “Gauchos”, term commonly used to describe residents of the South American pampas and Patagonian grasslands, found principally in parts of Argentina, Uruguay, Southern Chile, and Southern Region, Brazil.