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El Salvador Honors 'El Divino Salvador Del Mundo'

IN PICTURES: San Salvador City has been taken over by a melange of mariachis, marching bands and cheerleaders for the annnual 'El Divino Salvador del Mundo' (The Divine Savior of The World) celebrations.
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The patron saint and namesake of El Salvador - El Salvador del Mundo (the Savior of the World) - is honored with a national festival.
The patron saint and namesake of El Salvador - El Salvador del Mundo (the Savior of the World) - is honored with a national festival. Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
National celebrations in honor of the patron saint of El Salvador began August 1 and are due to continue until August 6.
National celebrations in honor of the patron saint of El Salvador began August 1 and are due to continue until August 6. Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
Observance of the festival dates back to 1525, the year that the city of San Salvador, the present-day capital, was founded.
Observance of the festival dates back to 1525, the year that the city of San Salvador, the present-day capital, was founded. Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
Festival proceedings commence the week before Saint
Festival proceedings commence the week before Saint's Day on August 6, which is also the same day as the Feast of the Transfiguration. Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
Some Salvadorans refer to the festival as
Some Salvadorans refer to the festival as 'Fiestas Agostinos' (August Feasts). Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
The main events of the festival are a religious procession, a large fair, various sporting events, a beauty contest, and a riotous party featuring street floats and dancers.
The main events of the festival are a religious procession, a large fair, various sporting events, a beauty contest, and a riotous party featuring street floats and dancers. Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
The religious ceremony takes place in front of the national cathedral and entails a spectacle known as
The religious ceremony takes place in front of the national cathedral and entails a spectacle known as 'la bajada' (the descent). Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
This ritual features an old wooden image of Christ that is paraded through the streets and then lowered inside a wooden shell.
This ritual features an old wooden image of Christ that is paraded through the streets and then lowered inside a wooden shell. Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
There the sculpture
There the sculpture's purple garments are removed, and it emerges from the shell dressed in gleaming white robes, a symbolic representation of Christ's transfiguration. Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
The revellers wear masks and dress up as characters from Salvadoran folk tales.
The revellers wear masks and dress up as characters from Salvadoran folk tales. Photo:REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
Published 1 August 2018
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