Festivals & Folklore
Many Panamanians consider the Azuero Peninsula as the ‘seat’ of the country’s culture. Panama’s national dress is the pollera, which is traditionally hand-made in this area. The national dance and most popular music típico is also from the Azuero region.
The festivals that are held in the various towns and villages of Azuero are a wonderful opportunity to taste the traditional food, see the traditional dress and dances, and mostly to experience local pride and fun-loving culture. The most important festival is carnival, which takes place during the 4 days before Ash Wednesday. Unofficially the “best” carnival in the country is in Las Tablas, however, for a tamer but equally colorful experience you may prefer trying out nearby Pedasí.
Panamanians have lots of public holidays. Here are some of the main ones:
|Public Holidays in Panama 2010
|1 Jan||New Year’s Day|
|9 Jan||National Martyr’s Day|
|2 Apr||Good Friday|
|1 May||Labour Day|
|15 Aug||Old Panama City Day|
|3 Nov||Independence Day (from Colombia)|
|5 Nov||Independence Day (Colón City only)|
|10 Nov||Call for Independence from Spain|
|28 Nov||Independence Day (from Spain)|
|8 Dec||Mother’s Day|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
There are also many regional public holidays and it seems like every town, however small, has their own celebrations throughout the year. Many of these occur in November with the various ‘calls’ for independence, not to mention countless patron saint celebrations. Azuero really is the heart of this culture!