The Toro Guapo Festival will kick off on October 16th with folk activities and a children's day, as there will even be an infantile beauty queen pageant.
Under the theme of "Multiple Cultures, One Identity", the 5th Panama Gastronomy event, to be held on August 29, 30 and 31 at the Atlapa Convention Center, seeks this year to pay tribute to the multi-ethnic and versatile culinary offerings of Panama.
The traditional countryside wedding, which takes place as part of the National Festival of Manito in Ocú, Herrera Province, is a religious and cultural celebration that promotes respect and family values and is considered the only one of its kind.
The sub-administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), Jennifer Champsaur, toured the entity's offices in the country's interior provinces to assess the policies the institution will execute with the aim to promote tourism in those areas.
Among the many Panamanian traditions, on this occasion we'd like to highlight the wide variety of hats made and worn in our countryside.
Each artisan has his own style of hat making that can be noted by the weaving, materials, or regional identity.
A classic example, well known among tourists, is the Painted Hat or Sombrero Pintado, named after the town of La Pintada in the province of Coclé. Characterized for being made of natural fibers, the quality of each hat is determined by the number of rounds of straw woven.
Hats and how they are worn are indicative of the culture, as seen in the following examples:
-Both the front and back hat brims are folded: denotes the wearer's success and sense of fulfillment.
-Only the back of the hat brim is flipped up: denotes the wearer's intellect.
-No fold in the hat brim: intended to protect the eyes from the sun.
These and other insights are shared in the following video.