El Salvador August Festival. Big holiday celebration in San Salvador.

By Karla Ramos  |  Mar 31st, 2020
El Salvador August Festival

El Salvador August festival or the Patron Saint Festivities of San Salvador are held in honor of the Divine Savior of the World, patron saint of the country’s capital. These festivities are held in the city of San Salvador in the first week of August.

The main event is a procession with the image of Jesus Christ, which departs from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and ends in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Divine Savior of the World.

El Salvador August fetivities

Apart from all the religious activities, the city offers other events such as the Correo Parade, which marks the beginning of the festivities, the commerce parade, and the military parade.

The August Festivities always start with the Correos Parade, on the first of August. In this parade, you will see bands of peace and dozens of decorated floats traveling along the main streets of the city.

Due to Coronavirus, all 2021 events are canceled.

Because of the issues with coronavirus El Salvador, this calendar of events will change or even might get cancel.

Date Event
August 1st. Correo Parade.
August 2nd. National Police Parade.
August 3rd. Commerce Parade.
August 4th. TBD
August 5th. Procession of the divine savior of the world.
August 6th. Serenade to the divine savior of the world.

The fairgrounds in San Salvador.

One of the most popular locations to visit in San Salvador during the August Festivities is the fairgrounds.

The fairground or amusement park is set up in front of the Cuscatlan Stadium; this is a space big enough to accommodate the thousands of people that will visit.

At the fairgrounds, the city hall of San Salvador sets up a large amusement park with plenty of games, food, and activities for families to enjoy.

Every August, people venture into the fairgrounds for the music, the gastronomy, the games, or to simply have fun with family and friends.

August vacations.

Even though the festivities are celebrated at the nation’s capital; this is a holiday that the entire country looks forward to.

The celebrations in San Salvador coincide with the August vacations for the entire country. During the August vacations, schools and universities are closed; therefore, many families used this time to go on vacation either locally or internationally.

Also, during the August festivities, there is a large number of Salvadorans living abroad that return to the country.

El Salvador August Festival

El Salvador August Festival.

In El Salvador, the August festivities are the ones many people look forward to; some for the religious aspect, and others for the vacation.

Although the celebrations are in the capital, they are also followed by other Salvadorans nationally and internationally.

In reality, for many Salvadoran’s, the August festivities are there to have fun with the family and friends. Nevertheless, it is essential not to lose sight of the true meaning of the patron saint celebrations; which is to renew faith in religion and community.

Emphatically, if you ever get a chance, visit San Salvador during the August festivities; I am sure you will have a good time.

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