3 May Day of the Cross, a religious and cultural tradition

The people arrive, bow to the cross and take a fruit that they all brought to distribute it..

3 May Day of the Cross, held in many towns in El Salvador. Photo: Courtesy.

By Luis Alberto López

The Savior – 3 May Day of the Cross, a religious and cultural celebration that in many towns of El Salvador continues to be remembered in squares, markets, schools and family homes, among other places.

In more traditional towns like Izalco, Panchimalco, San Pedro Nonualco, among others it is celebrated to announce the start of the rainy season, planting and expect a good harvest of the fruits that mother earth gives.

It is tradition to place a wooden cross or palo de jiote in front of the church, on an altar set up at school or in the public square and in the homes of many believers, especially Catholics, decorated with colored paper and a variety of seasonal fruit.

people arrive, They bow to the cross and take a fruit that they all brought to distribute.

The ritual of "adoring" the Cross is done in the place where it has been placed and consists of kneeling and crossing oneself, say a little prayer, take some of the fruits that are placed for this purpose. How much pagan tradition, if the cross is not placed on this day, the devil will come to dance in your house.

The 3 May in many countries of the world commemorates the Day of the Holy Cross, instituted in the fourth century. This popular tradition, which has its very ancient origins in Jerusalem, it continues to be celebrated in several Spanish-speaking towns.

The celebration of the Cruz de Mayo is a religious commemoration whose origin in Latin America dates back to the Spanish conquest and the background comes from the rituals that were performed around the rain and good harvests..