Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Festival of the Lanterns



September 7 is the eve of the feast day of the Virgin Mary's birth, and in Ahuachapan in western El Salvador, it is the Festival of the Lanterns (farolitos). The streets and public places of the city are filled with lanterns and memorials to the Virgin. Over the years the festival has grown beyond its religious roots and now includes showcases of artisan works and many food offerings.

A video taken yesterday and one taken last year show the lanterns lighting up the city and the celebration in the night streets.

1 comment:

Lidieth Arevalo said...

El Dia de los farolitos was one of my favorite days back in Ahuachapan. It's not even that religious anymore, It's more like a tradition/competition kinda thing... it's very cool. :)