Every August El Salvador celebrates the week long “Fiestas Agostinas.” Normally the week is filled with trips to the beach, volcano climbs, city fairs and lots of traditional Salvadoran food. However, because the country is still under quarantine, we had to get creative and find ways to celebrate within the walls of Love and Hope.
The kids were of course thrilled just to have a week off of school. Remember, the Salvadoran school year runs from January through November, so they are going on their fifth month of remote education. They of course are missing school, friends and all their extra curricular activities, but a week of sleeping in late and extra free time was welcomed by all. Here’s a little peak at how Love and Hope enjoyed the August Festivals…
A picnic that had to be moved indoors due to heavy rains!
A cookout with carne asada, shrimp, chorizo, veggies, chimol and grilled tortillas!
Elote Loco! Corn on the cob drizzled with mayo, ketchup, mustard and salsa negra and then covered in shredded cheese.
Minute to win it game day!
Riguas! Ground corn stuff with cheese or beans and grilled in banana leafs.
As much fun as everyone had, we hope that next year’s Fiestas Agostinas we can celebrate on the sandy, pacific beach once again!