One of the most important festivals for Panamanians is Carnival, celebrated four days before Ash Wednesday in villages nationwide, most famously in Las Tablas in Los Santos Province.Even if the town is flat, they always elect two queens to represent Upper Street and Lower Street. For a full five nights, each queen and her troupe must participate in the costumed parades, joyous dancing, and nights of fireworks. But the fun doesn't stop there. During the heat of the day the townspeople gather at the central park or main square, dressed in swimsuits and ready to get soaked by the trucks with watertanks that hose down the crowds.
Indigenous dances form part of the cultural heritage of these ethnic groups, as the movements are linked to their rituals or beliefs and demonstrate much aesthetic and theological symbolism.
The first films shown in Panama City, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were projected from tents that were propped up in public spaces, some private homes, clubs, and schools.
The folk dance that is most characteristic and representative of the isthmus' traditions is undoubtedly the tamborito. Each region has put their own spin on this Spanish-influenced dance, but it is most associated with the province of Los Santos.
In Panama you will find plenty of surprises around every corner. One may be witnessing a woman wearing our traditional outfit called la pollera, a fashion legacy brought by the conquistadors. This dress, accompanied by elaborate accessories, is considered one of the most finely-sewn and beautiful costumes in the world.