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CARNIVAL Panama’s

Carnivals

are

celebrated for four

consecutive days, prior to Ash Wednesday. This Festivity ends Tuesday night with the burial of the sardine. The Panamanian Carnival begin in the morning with the "mojaderas" or "culecos" that are

performed

in

public

or

private

places.

Accompanied by popular music, tanker trucks splash water on people during the day and part of the afternoon; then in the evening, colorful parades take place with the queens wearing flamboyant costumes

aboard

floats

accompanied

by

comparsas and tunas (Typical dance troupes). These outdoor shows are performed in main parks and avenues. In the year 2010 Panama celebrated 100 years of carnival!

BOCAS DEL TORO’S FERIA DEL MAR Bocas Del Toro’s Feria del Mar, or Fair of the Sea, began as a festival to celebrate fishermen’s traditions. But over the last 50 years, the Feria has

evolved into a four-day event that draws thousands of people to the archipelago each September. With the perfect mix of sun, sand, thrill rides, sports, and local arts and crafts, people from all around Panama

join

thousands

of

tourists

from

neighboring countries to enjoy this incredible event. A vacation to Bocas during the Feria time will never be forgotten.

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