In addition to Carnival, other local celebrations offer a good opportunity to experience the most authentic folkloric expressions in Panama, and an excellent excuse to travel around the different regions of the country and get to know its friendly people.
We'll mention some recommended national festivals in Panama for you to check out.
In Natá de los Caballeros, in the province of Coclé, the celebration of Holy Week begins on "Mourning Friday." This ancient procession, with an image that dates back to the 16th century, contemplates Mary's sorrow for her fallen son.
The Festival of Corpus Christi, held 60 days after Good Friday in the town of Los Santos, is another of the most emblematic demonstrations of Panama culture, with folkloric performances such as the Dance of the Spaniards, Dance of the Dwarfs and Zaracunde, a runaway slave dance.
- Canajagua Folk Gathering
- Christ of Esquipulas at Antón
- Festival of Devils and Congos, Chepigana, Darien
- Sugar Cane Festival, Pesé
- Bulla and Bullerengue Festival, Darién
- Festival of Devils and Congos, Portobelo, Colón
- Painted Hat Festival, Coclé
- Santa Librada Festival
- National Pollera Festival
- Manito Festival in Ocú
- Founding of Panama
- Founding of Sonó
Panama's patron saint festival, a national holiday, takes place in November across the country. These celebrations include diverse and colorful activities, including the famous parades with student marching bands, universities, civic groups and government institutions.
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