Cultural heritage of Chirilagua
The municipality of Chirilagua, whose name means “the three stars,” is famous nationally and internationally for having El Cuco and Las Flores beaches as tourist destinations. However, this beautiful municipality offers a unique cultural heritage and a rich history full of customs and traditions.
From the 1st to the 13th of December, Chirilagua celebrates its most important festivities in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe and is considered one of the most important in the eastern part of the country. During the development of this celebration, you will enjoy the different traditional games, cultural events, folkloric dances, modern dances, band concerts, and events for children, youth, and adults. There are also mechanical games and colorful and joyful carnivals held in the different neighborhoods of the town, which are animated by the most popular discos in the country.
Monuments and cultural attractions.
In the urban area of the municipality, some houses are dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Furthermore, the downtown area features a beautiful park with lush green and recreational areas designed to have a pleasant time with family or friends. This beautiful park is surrounded by small restaurants where you can enjoy delicious traditional dishes.
In front of the park stands the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the town’s most emblematic buildings and a representative symbol of the city. Likewise, Chirilagua has a cultural museum open to the public, which offers two thematic exhibition halls displaying the following archaeological and historical elements dating back to the Lenca indigenous people who inhabited the area centuries ago, such as typical utensils, clay pots, hunting objects, agricultural work instruments; as well as photographs, costumes, and handicrafts, which have been acquired and preserved to frame the history that belongs to the municipality and present its identity, roots, customs, and traditions.
Chirilagua is a municipality of Lenca origin where petrographs representing anthropomorphic deities have been discovered in different points over the region, constituting an invaluable heritage and cultural legacy for El Salvador. These rupestrian art works can be found in the cantons of Tierra Blanca, La Estrechura, and Llano Las Rosas.