Introduction: El Salvador puts trust in church, values remembrance of martyrs
Posted: June 21, 2013 - 1:41pm
Salvadorans are a warm and welcoming people, but their country is plagued by a history of violence. As a result, Salvadoran Catholicism often values remembrance of martyrdom, whether in the form of traditional religious piety or remembrance of martyrs of the 1980s civil war.
Salvadoran Catholics worship with music but little movement
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:36pm
Most music in Salvadoran churches features guitars and stringed instruments. Organ music is rare. Salvadorans tend to move very little and not to gesticulate much at Mass, though they do move around to one another at the kiss of peace.
Signs of Catholicism commonly advertised on El Salvador's streets
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:34pm
Faith is commonly advertised in public, whether through murals, bumper stickers, rosaries in cars, and crèche scenes. Religious jewelry, however, is not as common.
Shrines in El Salvador honor martyrs and victims of violence
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:32pm
Roadside crosses and localized shrines honor martyrs and victims of violence and accidents.
Salvadorans migrate for better economic opportunity
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:29pm
About one-third of Salvadorans live outside the country. The country’s population density is the highest in Latin America, and with few natural resources and high unemployment, migration is sometimes the only route to economic opportunity.
El Salvador's cofradía Niño Dios de María hosts New Year's festivities
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:25pm
On New Year's Eve, the Niño Dios de María is processed around town and then to the throne, where it is placed in the second floor for viewing. Cofradía festivities follow with music, dancing and fireworks.
Hermandad de Jesús Nazareno: El Salvador's largest confraternity organizes Holy Week
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:23pm
This largest confraternity takes the leading role in Lenten and Holy Week commemorations with processions held throughout the 40 days of Lent.
Padre Eterno Cofradía carries on El Salvador's pre-Columbian rituals
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:16pm
The Padre Eterno Cofradía is the oldest confraternity in Izalco, dedicated to God the Eternal Father. It carries on pre-Columbian rituals in a Christian context with festivities held on Trinity Sunday.
Izalco cofradías carry on festive, often indigenous, traditions
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:15pm
Often blending Catholicism with indigenous traditions, the confraternities or brotherhoods in Western El Salvador are custodians of religious statues and organizers of annual feasts and processions.
Christmas in El Salvador sparkles with creches and secular displays
Posted: June 18, 2013 - 2:06pm
Salvadorans are especially fond of setting up decorative crèches with blinking lights. Salvadorans have absorbed American secular representations of Christmas.