Thursday, September 11, 2008

Festival of Farolitos


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.

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Tim said...

I removed the last two comments because (a) they had nothing to do with the festival, and (b) they appear to be just copy and paste articles from news sites about the Funes campaign. There was nothing offensive about the material, but since it was copyrighted and off topic, I removed it. To anonymous -- if you want to talk about the news items in the comments on a post about the Funes campaign, you are welcome to do so.