PANAMA CITY – The lives of traditional Panamanians and their marriage customs will be highlighted at the National Festival of Manito Ocueño from Aug. 16-19 in Panama, the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) said on Tuesday.
The festival, which will highlight the folkloric traditions of rural Panamanians, will aim at strengthening the essence and customs of the town of Ocu in the central province of Herrera, some 300 kilometers southwest of Panama City.
The event, of which the main attraction is the celebration of a “typical Ocu-style marriage,” is sponsored by the National Institute of Culture, said the ATP statement.
The ATP director of the Herrera region, Merielis Martinez, said the event will boost the regional economy thanks to Panamanian and foreign tourists who will travel to the region to attend the festival.
“The craftsmen have the opportunity to offer their handicrafts for sale such as vests, shirts, skirts and hats, all in the Ocueño style, in addition to making the dresses of the queen and the princesses of their court,” she said.
Meanwhile, Renan Fernandez, representative from the National Directorate of Arts, said that the celebration defines the identity of Manito Ocueño, which symbolizes the sharing of sentimental and cultural manifestations of simple and noble people living in the countryside.
According to the organizers, the name of the festival originates from the custom of the countrymen who wave with the palm of their hand.
On Aug. 18, the “typical Ocu-style marriage” will be held, during which the bride and groom will dress in traditional gala costumes. The newlyweds will then proceed to the San Sebastian de Ocu Fair.
In addition, those who attend the festival can enjoy various traditional foods while celebrating with the new couple.