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Patron Saint List

Contributed by: Jo Anne González
Translated by: Evan Bailyn

The patron saint festivals are festivals in homor of the patron saint of each municipality. Each of the 78 municipalities celebrate for ten days. These festivals, of Christian origin, are meant for prayer and devotion of each town to a specific saint or virgin.

The festivals generally start with a religeous celebration in the town's principal church. After the religeous ceremony ends, the town festival begins. In these festivals, there is large amounts of typical food, drink, music, betting games, exhibitions and sales of handicrafts typical of the town or that region. These are all available at kiosks that are specially decorated in a style related to what the kiosk is presenting.

Generally, during these days, the town elects a King and Queen, who are crowned in a public ceremony. That day, civic, social and religeous groups present specially prepared parade floats that reflect the a common theme for the festival.

There is also a day to celebrate the return of natives of the town. This is the festival of the "absentees" and a great opportunity to maintain contact with similar citizens that no longer reside in that town.

During the week days, the festival starts in the early afternoons. But on the days during the weekend, the festival is celebrated during the day and through to the night. Many times, towns that share the same patron saint, celebrate their festivals on the same day. The date of festival celebrations correspond to the saint's birthday on the calendar of the Roman Catholic church.

In Puerto Rico, 85% of the population is a member of the Roman Catholic church, but the festivals are enjoyed by all, including those with other religeous beliefs.

Town Patron Saint Date
Aguas Buenas Los Santos Reyes January 6
Corozal La Sagrada Familia January 9
Añasco San Antonio Abad January 17
San Sebastián San Sebastián January 20
Coamo La Virgen la Canlaria Febuary 2
Lajas La Virgen la Canlaria Febuary 2
Mayagüez La Virgen la Canlaria Febuary 2
Manatí La Virgen la Canlaria Febuary 2
Loiza San Patricio March 17
Ciales San José March 19
Gurabo San José March 19
Lares San José March 19
Luquillo San José March 19
Peñuelas San José March 19
Patillas San Benito March 3
Guaynabo San Pedro Mártir April 29
Arecibo Apostol San Felipe May 1
Bayamón La Santa Cruz May 3
Trujillo Alto La Santa Cruz May 3
Maunabo San Isidro May 15
Sábana Gran San Isidro May 15
Carolina San Fernando May 30
Toa Alta San Fernando May 30
Barranquitas San Antonio Padua June 13
Ceiba San Antonio Padua June 13
Dorado San Antonio Padua June 13
Guayama San Antonio Padua June 13
Isabela San Antonio 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 Apóstol June 30
Arroyo Virgen l Carmen July 16
Barceloneta Virgen l Carmen July 16
Cataño Virgen l Carmen July 16
Cidra Virgen l Carmen July 16
Culebra Virgen l Carmen July 16
Hatillo Virgen l Carmen July 16
Morovis Virgen l Carmen July 16
Rio Gran Virgen l Carmen July 16
Villalba Virgen l Carmen July 16
Aibonito Santiago Apostol July 25
Fajardo Santiago Apostol July 25
Guánica Santiago Apostol July 25
Santa Isabel Santiago Apostol July 25
San German San German July 31
Comerío El Santo Cristo la Salud August 6
San Lorenzo San Lorenzo August 10
Cayey Nuestra Sra. la Asunción August 15
Adjuntas San Joaquín y Santa Ana August 21
Rincón Santa Rosa Lima August 30
Juana Díaz San Ramón Nonato August 31
Hormigueros Nuestra Sra. Monserrate September 8
Jayuya Nuestra Sra. Monserrate September 8
Moca Nuestra Sra. Monserrate September 8
Salinas Nuestra Sra. Monserrate September 8
Cabo Rojo San Miguel Arcángel September 29
Utuado San Miguel Arcángel September 29
Naranjito San Miguel Arcángel September 29
Yabucoa Los Angeles Custodios October 2
Aguada San Francisco Asís October 4
Naguabo Nuestra Sra. l Rosario October 4
Vega Baja Nuestra Sra. l Rosario October 4
Yauco Nuestra Sra. l Rosario October 4
Canovanas Virgen l Pilar October 12
Rio Piedras Virgen l Pilar October 12
Quebradillas San Rafael Arcangel October 24
Aguadilla San Carlos Barromero November 4
Guayanilla La Inmaculada Concepción María December 8
Humacao La Inmaculada Concepción María December 8
Las Marías La Inmaculada Concepción María December 8
Juncos La Inmaculada Concepción María December 8
Vieques La Inmaculada Concepción María December 8
Vega Alta La Inmaculada Concepción María December 8
Ponce Nuestra Sra. la Guadalupe December 12

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