All Souls Day El Salvador. Remembering those who passed away.

By Karla Ramos  |  Mar 13th, 2021
All Souls Day El Salvador

All Souls Day El Salvador is a day when families and friends pay tribute to those who have passed away. The Day of the Dead in El Salvador is a tradition that takes place every year on November the 2nd. People throughout the country remember loved ones who are no longer alive.

All Souls Day is an important day for all Salvadorans. This is an official holiday in El Salvador; therefore, public offices, governmental offices, and schools are closed.

All Souls Day El Salvador
Traditional Salvadoran grave in San Salvador.

How is All Souls Day El Salvador celebrated?

The Day of the Dead in El Salvador is not a festive day like in other nations such as Mexico; there are no elaborate customs, parades, festivals, or face painting of any kind.

This is a day of reflection and remembrance for those family members or friends who have passed away. All Souls Day in El Salvador is a personal experience shared with family members or friends intended to show respect.

Some of the most common sights in all cemeteries are individuals or groups placing flower arrangements on the burial plots; also, cleaning the graves and painting them.

Also, many municipalities around the country allowed the Catholic church to hold a morning mass at the cemeteries. This is done to pay respect to all the souls buried at the cemetery.

Since all Souls Day is celebrated differently by individuals, there is no one set way to get it done. For instance, some individuals or families spend hours at the gravesite sitting in silence or talking to each other.

On the other hand, some choose to serenade loved ones or friends who have passed away. Mariachi bands or singing groups are a common sight at cemeteries during All Souls Day.

Lastly, on this day, many Salvadoran families prepare traditional meals such as Tamales and Ayote (Salvadoran Pumpkin) with brown sugar or honey. This is another way families spend the day together remembering loved ones.

Day of the dead in El Salvador
Photo by: Joe Maxim

A short history of All Souls Day and the Catholic religion.

The Day of the Dead is a celebratory day that aims to pray for those who have passed away. But, especially for those who are still in a state of purification in purgatory. The Roman Catholic Church designed this day for the commemoration of the faithful departed.

All Souls day in El Salvador.

The celebrations during the Day of the dead in El Salvador are personal in nature; some people like doing everything that comes with religion, while others simply want to pay their respect without all the fanfare.

To summarize, on this particular day, flowers, mariachis, prayers, and a lot of faith is how Salvadorans honor their loved ones who have already passed away.

Throughout El Salvador, the cemeteries are adorned with the different flower arrangements that each family brings to the grave of the deceased.

The Day of the Faithful Deceased or All Souls Day is one of the dates of great importance for Salvadoran culture. People go to cemeteries to remember their loved ones and pay respect.

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