In Ahuachapan, a city about 100km west of El Salvador‘s capital, people celebrates the Lantern Festival annually every September 7 to honor the Virgin Mary’s birth.
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Catholic Tradition started about 159 years ago since 1850.
It is said that an earthquake devastated the city and the people had to sleep out of their house that they lit lanterns and candles in the street and prayed to the Virgin Mary to take care of them.
Since then, the tradition is still alive, celebration happens at night, houses, churches, schools and parks make special lanterns of various colors and decorate it in the streets.
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You could see lanterns in every street as their devotion to the Virgin Mary continues.