Local traditions and culture in El Salvador

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    El Salvador Del Mundo

    by Ken_Weaver Written Feb 20, 2003

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    This is the National Saint Day in El Salvador.
    The day is August 6 but the Salvadoreños start early with celebration and make a week out of it. In San Salvador there are many fiestas with dancing in the street and a big parade. Check with the National Office of Tourists to get the exact schedule. In the out-laying communities the week is celebrated according to the traditions of that area.

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    El Salvador Independence Day

    by Ken_Weaver Written Feb 20, 2003

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    September 15, 1821, is the National Independence Day in El Salvador. After 300 years of rule by Spain, El Salvador claimed its independence from the Continent. Not much changed, however, because the famous "Fourteen Families," continued to dominate the power in the country with their wealth. There have been various coups but the ones who always seem to wind up in power are there because the families want them there. Some of that has changed since the Civil War of 1980-92.
    The Celebration includes lavish military pomp and circumstance and revelry among the people.

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    Carrera de Cintas

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Feb 19, 2003

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    We arrived at the village of El Milagro just as they were begining a Fiesta to welcome their neighbors to their new homes. This event was center of attention as 24 horses and riders took turns galloping full speed toward a horizonally stretch rope. On the rope was hanging a small ring probably about an inch in diameter. The rider would attempt to spear the ring with a stick no bigger than a pencil while attempting to control his horse and not get "clotheslined" by the rope. If they achieved this task, they returned to the area of the Fiesta Queen contestants to receive a small prize and hopefully a kiss(beso in Spanish) from one of the contestants. Each time a rider was successful, the crowd would chant "Beso, Beso!"

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  • You'll soon find out why...

    by MarcG Written Sep 8, 2002

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    You'll soon find out why everyone agrees that salvadoreans are friendly people, getting to meet the locals will be a highlight of your trip, take the time to mingle.

    If you want a sample of local culture make sure to check the cultural activities in San Salvador, the National Symphony Orchestra has regular concerts at Teatro Presidente (near Zona Rosa) for an incredibly low price. Visit local galleries to see the works of salvadorean artists, it's free and there is a lot of talent, I would especially recommend Galeria Vilanova at Punto Literario in Zona Rosa, and El Arbol de Dios at Colonia Maqulishuat, check the listings in local newspapers or in the www.

    Most villages have their patron saint festivities and are a must see mix of religious, popular and folk traditions. In may and october Panchimalco has the Procesion de las Palmas, Cacaopera, Santa Ana, San Miguel, Sonsonate, etc. all have very interesting traditions and lively 'fiestas'. Check in the local papers or the www.

    Major cities offer your basic shopping needs. San Salvador, San Miguel, Santa Ana, and Sonsonate all have large shopping malls with the regular array of shops, department stores, convenience stores and services and restaurants that you'd expect from any North American mall - practical if you ran out of or forgot something. The malls in San Salvador are Galerias Escalon, Plaza Merliot, Metrocentro, etc. In the other big cities there are Metrocentro malls. I personnaly prefer to shop in smaller more typical places but it's always good to know they are there in case of need. Mercado Cuartel and the Handicrafts Market on the Feria Internacional grounds have a wonderful selection of handicrafts (hammocks, archelogical reproductions, machetes, textiles, pottery, etc) , be prepared to bargain with the vendors. Many villages specialize in different handicrafts: hand woven textiles in San Sebatian, wicker items in Nahuizalco, black pottery in Guatajiagua, miniatures and clay pottery in Ilobasco (beautiful colonial Church), colorfully painted wood carvings in La Palma, and the list goes on.

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    You'll soon find out why...

    by jepclg98 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You'll soon find out why everyone agrees that salvadoreans are very friendly people always ready to help you when you have problems, getting to meet the locals will be a highlight of your trip, take the time to mingle. If you want a sample of local culture make sure to check the cultural activities in San Salvador, the National Symphony Orchestra has regular concerts at Teatro Presidente (near Zona Rosa) for an incredibly low price. Visit local galleries to see the works of salvadorean artists, it's free and there is a lot of talent, I would especially recommend Galeria Vilanova at Punto Literario in Zona Rosa, and El Arbol de Dios at Colonia Maqulishuat, check the listings in local newspapers or in the www. Most villages have their patron saint festivities and are a must see mix of religious, popular and folk traditions. In may and october Panchimalco has the Procesion de las Palmas, Cacaopera, Santa Ana, San Miguel, Sonsonate, etc. all have very interesting traditions and lively 'fiestas'. Check in the local papers or the www. Major cities offer your basic shopping needs. San Salvador, San Miguel, Santa Ana, and Sonsonate all have large shopping malls with the regular array of shops, department stores, convenience stores and services and restaurants that you'd expect from any North American mall - practical if you ran out of or forgot something. The malls in San Salvador are Galerias Escalon, Plaza Merliot, Metrocentro, etc. In the other big cities there are Metrocentro malls. I personnaly prefer to shop in smaller more typical places but it's always good to know they are there in case of need for example you can find sombreros, hammocks and machetes in Olocuilta´s market at very low prices Do not forget to ask about chicha and chaparro(typical alcohol beverages). Mercado Cuartel and the Handicrafts Market on the Feria Internacional grounds have a wonderful selection of handicrafts (hammocks, archelogical reproductions, machetes, textiles, pottery, etc) , be prepared to bargain with the vendors. Many villages specialize in different handicrafts: hand woven textiles in San Sebatian, wicker items in Nahuizalco, black pottery in Guatajiagua, miniatures and clay pottery in Ilobasco (beautiful colonial Church), colorfully painted wood carvings in La Palma, and the list goes on.

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    As everyone knows, El Salvador...

    by darthmilmo Written Aug 26, 2002

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    As everyone knows, El Salvador faced a disastrous Civil War that lasted into the early 1990's. The effects of the war are still present in the means of security. There are more guns in San Salvador then any other county I’ve been to (with the exception of some areas in the US, including Texas, I guess ).

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  • Smile, Smile, Smile. Learn...

    by nelsleon Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Smile, Smile, Smile. Learn some phrases like -good morning-, -good afternoon-, -good evening-, -hello-, -thank you-, etc...Salvadorans like Americans, they don't like stuck up people. Be as humble as they are and you might get a discount or maybe something free. Never, never, never refuse food or drink. It's a common thing to offer that to visitors.

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    Salvadors know the very bad...

    by malcolm6 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Salvadors know the very bad reputation their country sustained during the 12 year civil war. But they also know (which many Americans do not) that the war ended in 1992. The nation has been working very hard to rebuild ever since. The war left its mark, but still a lot has been accomplished since it ended. Just show you can see the good things in El Salvador and the major achievements of the last few years. Salvadorans are some of the most friendly people on earth, with accomplishments in arts, letters, and science astounding for a poor nation of less than 6 million people. When you go to El Salvador you don't have to be blind to its faults, but don't be blind to the extraordinary natural beauty, the wonderful architecture, the people, the food, and all of the other riches of this very rich culture. My other web site on El Salvador is www.geocities.com/malcolm6 e-mail malcolm6@yahoo.com

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    A popular way to travel

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 28, 2007

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    The back of a truck seems the most popular way to travel When you see how crowded the old buses are you have to think this is the better way!!

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    Better than a suitcase

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 28, 2007

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    The women in El Salvadore carry everything in baskets on their head. They move along quickly and the weight seems to be well distributed that way and their hands are free. Seems to work for them!!

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    Cows

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 5, 2007

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    Cows seem to roam pretty much where they want . We were surprised to see these bulls in front of a luxory hotel in Costa del Sol!

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