Nejapa

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Nejapa
Municipality
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Nejapa is located in El Salvador
Nejapa
Nejapa
Location in El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°49′N 89°14′W / 13.817°N 89.233°W / 13.817; -89.233Coordinates: 13°49′N 89°14′W / 13.817°N 89.233°W / 13.817; -89.233
Country  El Salvador
Department San Salvador Department
Area
 • Total 32.2 sq mi (83.4 km2)
Elevation 1,496 ft (456 m)
Population (2007)
 • Total 35,966

Nejapa is a municipality in the San Salvador department of El Salvador.

Traditions[edit]

One of the major traditions of Nejapa is Las Bolas De Fuego ("Balls of Fire"), celebrated August 31st. The celebration has two origins, one historical and the other religious. The historical version explains that the local volcano El Playon erupted in November, 1658 and forced the villagers of the old Nejapa village (known as Nixapa) to flee and settle at its current location. The religious version explains how San Jeronimo fought the Devil with balls of fire.

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