This custom was collected from a friend, who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador and is 21 years old.
She told me that during the first week of August, all companies, schools, and pretty much every single business is closed to commemorate Jesus Christ’s transfiguration. She says that about 90% of the country is Catholic, and everyone does it even if they are not religious. She says a lot of people go to the lake during does days, including her, and she gets to spend time with family and friends.
I think this is really interesting; we don’t have anything like that where I grew up, probably because there is a lot more of a variety in terms of religion.