Festivities for Semana Santa in El Salvador (Holy/Saint week) began yesterday morning, and it was lovely. Friday marked the start with Viernes de Dolores, “Friday of Sorrows” or night of the altars*. About.com has a page from Spain naming each day and calendar date.
I was at church without leaving the house. I’ll explain: in front of our house is an Evangelical church with large parochial school. They were singing along starting with morning classes. A church on the other side of the ravine, behind our house, was singing folk gospel songs all day and into the night, well past 10:00pm.
It was so wonderful to to hear such happy music emanating everywhere.
* People throughout El Salvador set up altars everywhere in devotion for the Vía Crucis – Way of the Cross, when Jesus walked to his crucifixion (National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi gives an explanation). My mother-in-law set up a “Vía Cruz,” as they call it here, decorated with flowers and ornaments in front of her house.
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