Las Bolas de Fuego in Nejapa, El Salvador
In 1922, the people in and around Nejapa, El Salvador, were evacuated from their homes. A nearby volcano erupted and destroyed just about everything in its path. As the residents fled, they saw fireballs shooting from the volcano and believed their patron saint, San Jeronimo, was battling the devil for them.
Today, the bizarre festival Las Bolas de Fuego, also known as the Fireball Festival, is celebrated every year on August 31st in the town of Nejapa. Locals gather in the town square and throw flaming rags at one another as a reenactment of the battle between San Jeronimo and the devil.