Central America is a region with deeply rooted ancestral traditions. Depending on the time of year, life, the dead, the saints, and the harvests are celebrated. Central American traditions include festivities that combine indigenous and Spanish influences, religious festivities, civic festivals and popular festivities. Each city or town also has its own local events, with some distinctive features for each community. Central American popular religiosity revolves around the saints, who are perceived as intercessors between human beings and God. A rich tradition has grown around the celebration of patron saints, with solemn religious festivals laden with popular cultural expressions. The Christmas Eve gathering on December 24, and the religious processions of the Holy Week, are other festivals with a religious background that are traditionally celebrated in the seven countries of the isthmus.