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El Salvador's cofradías sponsor feasts throughout the year

  • A processional carriage ready for the May procession at a village church in La Paz, El Salvador. Photo by Marty Kelly.

While feasts, shrines and lay confraternities may be distinct phenomena in many cultures, they all come together through the cofradías, the lay confraternities that help define Catholic life in parts of in Western El Salvador. Cofradías sponsor feasts on specified days each year. Through the rest of the year, each cofradía watches over a number of religious statues, and sponsors at least one annual feast.

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