There are six different Indians Cultures in
Panama, each with its own practices and ancestral customs.
Each province of Panama has a varied Folklore
reflected through its dances, music and cuisine. In the provinces of
Cocle, Herrera and Los Santos, churches are found on the main town
square (Plaza) as was the Spanish tradition. On the provinces of Coclé,
Herrera and Los Santos the Catholic religion has been established for
ages, which is clearly reflected by the community. Patron Saint
celebrations and Religious Holidays are habitually commemorated with
processions, especially during lent or in the week before Easter, when
the passion and death of Jesus Christ is being represented. Nata, one of
the oldest colonial cities, boasts the oldest church of the American
One of the yearly festive highlights is
Carnival, celebrated throughout the country in the month of February.
Celebrations are characterized by the typical dances of each region,
cavalcades, religious expressions, local weddings, chariot’s parades and
lots of typical food. Carnival is a four-day fiesta with dancing,
parades and fun. The most famous Carnival parties are held in Las Tablas
and in Penonomé, the latter one celebrated on the waters of the River
Las Mendozas, and they all present luxury costumes and fireworks.