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Panama Holidays

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Travel to the roots of the country through its traditions.

To know a country through its traditions is to get closer to its roots and its history. It is to understand the present through the past. But, in addition, it is to enjoy. Get the joy and the illusion of its people. Live an experience that fuses culture and fun to the rhythm of the drums.

Panama has it all. A story marked by the con fl uence of cultures. Folklore as lush as its nature. And a population that has known how to value and preserve traditions to become part of them.

Panamanian traditions are a spectacle, a reflection of the identities of the country, but with common features: drums, parades, history, dances. Joy, emotion, enthusiasm and, above all, festive spirit.

Exploring Panama through its fi nances is a journey through time to get lost among masks, colors and music.

Do you want to know the essence of Panama thanks to its culture and traditions?

These are the recommendations we make you month by month:

  • Flower and Coffee Fair. In Boquete, province of Chiriquí.
  • Parade of the Thousand Polleras. In Las Tablas, province of Los Santos. A parade in which delegations from all over the country wear the typical costume, the skirt, in all its splendor.
  • International Jazz Festival In Panama City
  • Agricultural Fair of Tanara. In Chepo, Panama. From January 14 to 18.
  • Fair of San Sebastián de Ocú-Ocú. In Herrera From January 15 to 20.
  • Choperrera Fair. In Panama. From January 21 to February 1.
  • Candelaria Fair. In Bugaba, Chiriquí. From January 27 to February 3.
  • Orange Fair. In Cocle. From January 29 to February 1.
  • Santa Fe Fair. In Verrugas. From January 29 to February 1.
  • Carnivals Especially in Panama City and in the province of Los Santos. The four days before Ash Wednesday. Carnival is the most important festival of the year in Panama. It is lived with such intensity that it is comparable to the carnivals of Brazil. Costumes, floats and masks invade the streets squandering joy for the four consecutive days before Ash Wednesday. They begin on Friday night with the coronation of the Carnival queen that gives way to four days of spectacular parades. The best known Carnivals in Panama are the capital and Las Tablas, in the province of Los Santos.
  • Penonomé Fair. In Cocle. From February 13 to 15.
  • Veraguas Fair. In Soná, Veraguas. February 11-16
  • Santa Fe Fair. In Darien From March 4 to 7.
  • Fair of San José de David. In David, province of Chiriquí. March 11-21.
  • Festival of Devils and Congos. In Portobelo, province of Colon. On March 18 every two years. The Devils and Congos Festival is a representation based on the colonial era and that disseminates the black heritage in the Panamanian tradition. The struggle between congos and devils symbolizes the confrontation between slaves and Spanish colonizers. It is a show full of color in which the masks and the costumes of the characters are authentic works of art.
  • La Chitra Fair. In Calobre. March 19-21.
  • Azuero International Fair. In the Villa de Los Santos, Los Santos province.
  • Pintao Hat Fair. In La Pintada, Cocle province.
  • Easter week. In all the country.
  • Orchid Fair. In Boquete, Chiriquí. From April 7 to 11.
  • National Fair of Columbus. In Columbus From March 25 to April 4.
  • Agricultural, Craft, Folk and Cultural Fair. In Villa Rosadio de Capira. From April 15 to 18.
  • Capira Fair in Villa del Rosario. In Panama. From May 13 to 16.
  • Corpus Christi. Where: in the Villa de los Santos. When: in May or June, coinciding with the festival of Corpus Chisti, it is a religious holiday that in the Villa de los Santos also becomes folk and cultural. For several days the parades and the traditional dances of the diabolic go through the streets of the Villa invading them with color and joy. In the Festival all the dances of Corpus Christi are represented: Dirty Diablicos, Clean Diablicos or Great Devil, Montezuma Española, El Torito , Montezuma Cabezona, Gallinazo or Gallotes, Las Enanas, Zaracundé and Parranpanes. And to decorate the streets, colorful carpets are made with salt, sawdust and dried leaves that represent scenes related to the holiday.
  • La Pollera Festival. Where: Las Tablas, province of Los Santos. When: July 22, La Pollera festival is a parade in which the splendor of the typical Panamanian costume merges with the rhythm of music and drums. La Pollera is the national costume of Panama, handcrafted with white cloth, decorated with colorful embroidery and combined with jewelry and gold ornaments. The most striking is the tembleque, a complement that the polleras are placed on the head. This fi rm has been held since 1957 in the province of Los Santos, one of the places where the handmade confection of Las Polleras is preserved. After the parade the national queen of La Pollera is crowned. In parallel, the National Violin Contest and the Camisola and the Sombrero are held.
  • Manito Festival. Where: Ocú, province of Herrera. When: August 18-22. The Manito Festival is a representation of the traditions of the peasants of yesteryear in Panama. An excellent way to learn about the native customs of the people who worked in the countryside. The word “little man” refers to the way in which the farmers in the area greeted each other, shaking hands and saying the phrase “ta the little hands.” During the festival old customs are recreated as the “duel of the tamarind” that symbolizes the disputes that occurred between the peasants and the townspeople during the festivities, “the blessed one” or “the penitent of the other life”.
  • Closing of the Francisco Changmarín Youth Story Contest. In Panama. Closing of the León A. Soto Poetry Contest.
  • International Book Fair. In Panama
  • Marjoram Festival. Where: Guararé, province of Los Santos. When: from September 23 to 29. It is a folklore festival that every year brings together traditional groups from all over the country in the town of Guararé who participate in the festival with their music and dances. In addition, competitions, bullfights and oxcart parades are held. The Marjoram Festival has been held since 1949 at the initiative of Professor Manuel Fernando Zárate and his wife, the folklorist Dora Pérez de Zárate. The marjoram, which gives its name to the festival, is the regional instrument. A string instrument made by hand with a single piece of wood.
  • Feria del Mar. In Bocas del Toro, Isla Colon. From September 15 to 19.
  • Festival of the Handsome Torito. Where: in Anton. When: October 15. The Festival of the Handsome Torito is a traditional festival of the district of Anton that has a carnival origin. The central act is the fight of the handsome bull between the tunas of Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo. And the acts continue with traditional parades and dances such as that of the tamborino and the prickly pear. The two representatives of each prickly pear, bear the handsome bull, face the sound of drum music. The handsome bull is a framework built with shaped reeds. bull, decorated with fabrics, papers and mirrors, and with a head of beef in front.
  • Festival of the Black Christ of Portobelo. Where: in Portobelo, province of Colón. When: October 21. It is a religious tradition that attracts pilgrims from all over the country who arrive in Portobelo to pay homage to the Black Christ. The origin of this ceremony dates back to 1658 and on the arrival of the Black Christ to Portobelo there are Different versions It is said that it appeared floating in the waters of the Caribbean. That he arrived in a Spanish ship that was sailing to Colombia or Peru and had to take refuge from a storm. And that the Taboga church commissioned the image to Spain and mistakenly ended up in Portobelo.
  • Rio Tigre Fair. In San Blas. From October 16 to 19.
  • Highland Festival. In Volcano, Chiriquí. From December 10 to 14.
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