National Day of El Salvador

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The National Day of El Salvador is on the 15 September (Independence from Spain 1821). Many countries in South America gained their independence from Spain and are linked by this. El Salvador much like others in the region declared on the 15th September 1821 their independence from Spain. This along with several other Central American countries.

National Day of El Salvador

El Salvador, like other countries in Central America, was a Spanish colony. They gained their independence at more or less the same time. You will note that many of their independence dates or national days are the same. Many of the hero’s are also the same. You will always see the names of José Matías Delgado as well as Francisco Morazán reflected in their history. This mainly as after independence the idea was to have a South America Federation.  See also the history of the Act of Independence of Central America.

In El Salvador José Matías Delgado is a hero and he is seen as the “Father of the Homeland.” Much like other countries in the region. On the 15th September 1821 representatives from Central America’s various provinces signed the Act of Independence of Central America, which declared the region’s independence from Spain.

José Matías Delgado was a Salvadoran priest who was key to the countries independence. He was born on the 24th February 1767 in San Salvador which at the time was a Spanish colony. During 1811 Delgado was one of the leaders of the movement for independence from Spain. He is best remember for the “Cry of Dolores,” a famous speech he gave in San Salvador on the 5th November 1811. Delgado was arrested and exiled to Guatemala (National Day of Guatemala) after the failed uprising in 1811. José Matías Delgado died in San Salvador on the 12th November 1832. There many monuments of him in the country as well as his face having been on their currency.

See also  National Day of Greece

Finally many of these countries are interlinked. You can also see the National Day of Nicaragua as well as the National Day of Guatemala and the National Day of Costa Rica.


Public Holidays in El Salvador

Here is a list of public holidays in El Salvador:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1
  • Maundy Thursday varies (moves each year based on the date of Easter Sunday)
  • Good Friday – varies (moves each year based on the date of Easter Sunday)
  • Labor Day – May 1
  • Independence Day – September 15
  • All Saints’ Day – November 2
  • Christmas Eve – December 24
  • Christmas Day – December 25
  • New Year’s Eve – December 31


It’s worth noting that when a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it is usually observed on the following Monday.