Nombre de Jesús


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Nombre de Jesús

February 1-15
The two-week fair known as Nombre de Jesús takes place in the village of San Pedro Nonualco in El Salvador. The celebration centers on two images of the Christ Child—one with blond hair and blue eyes, and the other with black hair and black eyes—which are sent from the nearby town of Cojutepeque. The light-complexioned Christ Child is the best-loved image, and people cover it with money and gifts as it passes. The major-domo of the fiesta is usually the fortunate one who gets to keep this image in his house during the two weeks.
People do traditional dances in a circle around the veiled figure of the blond infant—an activity that Catholic priests have tried, unsuccessfully, to discourage. Although many different local foods are served, a favorite is the dove-shaped candy called chancaca, made of ground corn and sugar, that young men traditionally present to their sweethearts.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of El Salvador
1400 16th St. N.W., Ste. 100
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-265-9671; fax: 202-232-3763
www.elsalvador.org
SOURCES:
FiestaTime-1965, p. 29