Festival of the Lanterns
September 7 is the eve of the feast day of the Virgin Mary's birth, and in Ahuachapan in western El Salvador, it is the Festival of the Lanterns (farolitos). The streets and public places of the city are filled with lanterns and memorials to the Virgin. Over the years the festival has grown beyond its religious roots and now includes showcases of artisan works and many food offerings.
A video taken yesterday and one taken last year show the lanterns lighting up the city and the celebration in the night streets.