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A fiesta patronal is usually dedicated to a saint or virgin, who is the patron of whichever city holds the fiesta. Usually, town members adorn the town streets with colorful decorations and other things. In some larger cities, there may be several fiestas, one fiesta for each neighborhood, usually about the patron saint for the local parish.
Depending to the budget of the town, the fiestas patronales may run from one day (the day of the saint being honored) to nine days, called el novenario. Most Latin American countries dedicate the first day to the saint or virgin being celebrated. In Puerto Rico, the musical and entertainment festivities begin right away.
Fiestas patronales are not national holidays, because they only reflect the celebration of one city or town and are religious celebrations.
- Puerto Rico
- El Salvador
- Yucuaquín, El Salvador (and Somerville, MA USA) 4 October "El baile de los negritos" Fiesta Patronal de San Francisco