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Puerto Rico: Patron Saint Festivals




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This article is from the Puerto Rico FAQ, by Zeydy Ortiz Laureano zortizl@eos.ncsu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

Puerto Rico: Patron Saint Festivals

Every year, each town celebrates patron saint festivals (fiestas
patronales) in honor of the area's patron saint. The festivities
include religious processions since they were originated as a Catholic
tradition. However, they have adopted other elements of African and
local origin. They also include games, regional food, music and dance.

Following is a list, ordered by date, of the festivals that are
celebrated in each town. The festivities last ten days, including the
date listed, and activities are held evenings on weekdays and all day
on weekends.

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    TOWN                PATRON SAINT                    DATE
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   Aguas Buenas         Los Santos Reyes                Jan. 6 
   Corozal              La Sagrada Familia              Jan. 9 
   A~nasco              San Antonio Abad                Jan. 17 
   San Sebastia'n       San Sebastia'n (of course)      Jan. 20 
   Lajas                La Virgen de la Candelaria      Feb. 2 
   Manati'              La Virgen de la Candelaria      Feb. 2 
   Mayagu:ez            La Virgen de la Candelaria      Feb. 2 
   Coamo                La Virgen de la Candelaria      Feb. 2 
   Coamo                San Blas                        Feb. 3 
   Loi'za Aldea         San Patricio                    Mar. 17 
   Ciales               San Jose'                       Mar. 19
   Gurabo               San Jose'                       Mar. 19
   Luquillo             San Jose'                       Mar. 19
   Pe~nuelas            San Jose'                       Mar. 19
   Lares                San Jose'                       Mar. 19
   Patillas             San Benito                      Mar. 31 
   Guaynabo             San Pedro Ma'rtir               Apr. 29 
   Arecibo              Apo'stol San Felipe             May 1 
   Bayamo'n             La Santa Cruz                   May 3 
   Trujillo Alto        La Santa Cruz                   May 3 
   Maunabo              San Isidro                      May 15
   Sabana Grande        San Isidro Labrador             May 15 
   Carolina             San Fernando                    May 30 
   Toa Alta             San Fernando                    May 30
   Barranquitas         San Antonio de Padua            June 13 
   Ceiba                San Antonio de Padua            June 13 
   Dorado               San Antonio de Padua            June 13 
   Guayama              San Antonio de Padua            June 13 
   Isabela              San Antonio de Padua            June 13 
   Maricao              San Juan Bautista               June 24 
   Orocovis             San Juan Bautista               June 24 
   San Juan             San Juan Bautista               June 24 
   Toa Baja             San Pedro Apo'stol              June 30 
   Arroyo               Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Barceloneta          Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Cata~no              Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Cidra                Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Culebra              Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Hatillo              Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Morovis              Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Ri'o Grande          Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Villalba             Virgen del Carmen               July 16 
   Aibonito             Santiago Apo'stol               July 25 
   Fajardo              Santiago Apo'stol               July 25 
   Gua'nica             Santiago Apo'stol               July 25 
   Loiza Aldea          Santiago Apo'stol               July 25 
   Santa Isabel         Santiago Apo'stol               July 25 
   San Germa'n          San Germa'n (of course)         July 31 
   Comerio              El Santo Cristo de la Salud     Aug. 6 
   San Lorenzo          San Lorenzo (of course)         Aug. 10 
   Cayey                Ntra. Sra. de la Asuncio'n      Aug. 15 
   Adjuntas             San Joaqui'n & Santa Ana        Aug. 21 
   Rinco'n              Santa Rosa de Lima              Aug. 30 
   Juana Diaz           San Ramo'n Nonato               Aug. 31 
   Hormigueros          Ntra. Sra. de la Monserrate     Sept. 8 
   Jayuya               Ntra. Sra. de la Monserrate     Sept. 8 
   Moca                 Ntra. Sra. de la Monserrate     Sept. 8 
   Salinas              Ntra. Sra. de la Monserrate     Sept. 8 
   Cabo Rojo            San Miguel Arca'ngel            Sept. 29 
   Naranjito            San Miguel Arca'ngel            Sept. 29 
   Utuado               San Miguel Arca'ngel            Sept. 29 
   Yabucoa              Los Angeles Custodios           Oct. 2 
   Aguada               San Francisco de Asi's          Oct. 4 
   Naguabo              Ntra. Sra. del Rosario          Oct. 7 
   Vega Baja            Ntra. Sra. del Rosario          Oct. 7 
   Yauco                Ntra. Sra. del Rosario          Oct. 7 
   Cano'vanas           La Virgen del Pilar             Oct. 12 
   Ri'o Piedras         La Virgen del Pilar             Oct. 12
   Quebradillas         San Rafael Arca'ngel            Oct. 24 
   Aguadilla            San Carlos Borromeo             Nov. 4 
   Guayanilla           La Inmaculada Concepcio'n       Dec. 8
                        de Mari'a
   Humacao              La Inmaculada Concepcio'n       Dec. 8
                        de Mari'a
   Juncos               La Inmaculada Concepcio'n       Dec. 8
                        de Mari'a
   Las Mari'as          La Inmaculada Concepcio'n       Dec. 8
                        de Mari'a
   Las Piedras          La Inmaculada Concepcio'n       Dec. 8
                        de Mari'a
   Vega Alta            La Inmaculada Concepcio'n       Dec. 8
                        de Mari'a
   Vieques              La Inmaculada Concepcio'n       Dec. 8
                        de Mari'a
   Ponce                Ntra. Sra. de la Guadalupe      Dec. 12

Contributions: Jimmy Gonzalez Luna <ai282@freenet.carleton.ca> from the
book of Jennie Sosa de Remy, "Etiqueta y Tradiciones Puertorrique~nas",
Art Printing Inc., pp. 242-243, 1980.

 

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