Laura V is a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador and this week wrote in her blog about the festival of farolitos in Ahuachapan celebrated on September 7:
The English word for ¨farolitos¨ is ¨lanterns.¨ but farolitos is also used as the name of a celebration we have here, and only here, in the department of ahuachapán. in all of el salvador, only two towns have a farolitos celebration: ataco and ahuachapán. on september 7th of every year, in these two towns, people come from all over to hang their own farolitos in celebration of the virgen mary. la virgen de maria is the patron saint of both ataco and ahuachapán, and on september 7th, both towns are absolutely glowing.
Read the rest of her blog entry here including many pictures from this year's festival. To see more, you can also watch this video on YouTube.