Nejapa

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Nejapa
Municipality
Skyline of Nejapa
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
DepartmentSan Salvador Department
MetroSan Salvador Metropolitan Area
Incorporated as Town1878
Incorporated as City1959
Area
 • Total32.2 sq mi (83.4 km2)
Elevation
1,496 ft (456 m)
Population
 (2007)
 • Total35,966
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central Standard Time)
SV-SS
CP 1126
Area code(s)+503
Websitealcaldianejapa.gob.sv/

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

Traditions[edit]

Las Bolas De Fuego[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 Saint Jerome fought the Devil with Fire Balls.

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