Celebrations Of San Salvador

Celebrations of San Salvador mark the end of a week-long festival that begins on August 1st and ends on August 6th each year. On this day, festivities are dedicated to the patron of the country, Jesus Christ, and culminate with the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus on August 6th, which is a public holiday. Depending on where the holiday falls on the calendar and the current whim of the government of El Salvador, sometimes additional days off are granted to the populace. All over El Salvador, colorful events and parades are held, as well as open-air parties, competitions, and live concerts.

The History of the August Festivals

August Festivals in El Salvador date back approximately 500 years to 1525. This is the same year that the city of San Salvador was founded by the Spanish conquistadors, and the festivities held during this week were originally secular. It is believed that the first celebrations were held for the Spanish to celebrate their victory over the indigenous peoples who lived in the area. Eventually, the festivals began to take on a religious tone and were dedicated to the “savior of the world,” Jesus Christ.

Observing Celebrations of San Salvador

This holiday is observed with masses in cathedrals and churches all over El Salvador. The day also features colorful parades, open-air parties, sporting events, and other activities. This holiday coincides with August vacations, so many educational facilities are closed, and many people use this time to go on vacation, either locally or internationally. Although there is still a significant focus on the religious aspect of this holiday and festival, it does seem to be becoming more secular as the population of Roman Catholics in El Salvador has declined over the past few years.

Where is it celebrated?
El salvador (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
Next year (2025)
Last year (2023)