While on our return to the city, we decided to check out a cultural event featuring the Provinces of Panama. As each one of us walked up through the street to the location of this event not knowing what to expect. My expectations were exceeded when we saw that each province had a table set up with decorations, typical food from the area, and individuals ready to show their typical dance.
We walked around to each of the tables observing each display. The displays consisted of typical dresses, posters of the area, and information about why people should visit that region. The people were friendly and inviting, each telling us specific places to go in their province. Representatives would then hand us a type of food that is native to their province. We kept trying foods at every stop including: coconut and honey dulce (sweet), a type of milk/rice/raisin pudding, and corn donut types.
The most entertaining part was when the dances began. Each province had a presentation ready to show to the community. People watched as young children performed their typical dance involving a group or just one boy and one girl. Each costume was made specifically for his or her particular dance. Attire ranged from a typical dress to an outfit consisting of a huge hoop skirt with a mask and even bells worn on the ankles. This experience helped me understand more about the community of Panama. It explained the differences in the Provinces and how each province has a different culture. This excites me to be able to travel around Panama and learn more about each province.