Patronal feast day
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The patronal feast days or patronal festivals (Italian: festa patronale; Portuguese: festa patronal; Spanish: fiesta patronal; Catalan: festa major) are yearly celebrations held in countries influenced by Christianity.
A patronal feast day is dedicated to a saint or virgin, who is the 'heavenly advocate' or 'patron' of the city holding the festival. Depending to the budget, the patronal festivals may run from one day to five days. In larger cities, there may be several festivals, usually about the patron saint of the local parish.
Usually, town members adorn the town streets with colorful decorations and other things. Most patronal festivals feature verbenas, live entertainment by famous international or local singers, amusement parks, and street vendors, among other things, during the celebration. In Italy, tarantellas are common too.
Patronal feast days are not national holidays, because they only reflect the celebration of one city or town and are religious celebrations.
Most Latin American countries dedicate the first day to the saint or virgin being celebrated, the others to entertainment. In Puerto Rico, the musical and entertainment festivities begin right away.
- Puerto Rico
- El Salvador
- Yucuaquín, El Salvador (and Somerville, MA USA) 4 October "El baile de los negritos" Fiesta Patronal de San Francisco