We’ve been living in the Azuero Peninsula region of Panama for almost a year now. We’ve been very fortunate to have witnessed or taken part in many folkloric and cultural events.
For the challenge this week I have chosen a group of photographs from my digital albums that are full of the sights where we live. Most of the photos are of people; because it’s the people of Panama that make where we live so special.
Corpus Christi June, 2012 ~ The streets surrounding el parque or the town square covered with carpets of flowers to celebrate Corpus Christi. Amazing art work in flowers.
Gran Desfile de Carretas la Cultura y el Folclore October 2012 ~ I blogged about this event that takes place every year in October. This is one of my favorite pictures from the parade.
Independence Parade November 2012 ~ November is a month full of Independence Days. If you look in the middle of the picture you’ll see someone who looks very different from his band mates. Folkloric culture is part of the curriculum in the schools here. School children learn folkloric dances, musical instruments, and yes, Salomas.
Desfile de Navidad December 2012 ~ All the townsfolk were out for the Christmas Parade a couple of days before the big day. I picked this picture because it illustrates that in a nation where few country folk can afford cars you can still be cool and swag out your main source of transportation; the bicycle.
Defile de 1 Mil Polleras Las Tablas January 2013 ~ This picture was chosen because a) I love this style of Pollera with the campesino style sombrero and b) this young lady reminds me of a younger version of one of my Panameño friends and c) it wasn’t posed.
Carnaval February 2013 ~ Our region is known for it’s Carnaval celebrations and for its flamboyant costumes and revelry. This was on night five and this young fellow thought that the fireworks were just too loud for him. He’s wearing the more formal version of the campesino dress; notice the shoes.
Procesión del Viernes Santo March 2013 ~ I walked in the Good Friday Procession as did many of the townsfolk. Those that weren’t walking came out of their houses as the procession passed. I chose this photo because it was the best one I had that demonstrated how many people participated.
For more photos of Panama culture you can visit The Panama Adventure.