Last Friday, the school had a Desfile de Tunas, which is basically a parade in which traditional Panamanian clothing is worn and there is loads of singing and dancing. Each classroom in the entire school represented a separate region in Panama, and therefore wore the clothing that was traditionally worn in that region. I really enjoyed seeing this whole day unfold because every student dressed up and they were all very passionate and excited about the celebration. Most of all, I loved how I got to see how proud they are to be a part of this country. At first I literally didn't recognize several of my students because I have only seen them in their uniforms, but everyone looked so cute in their traditional outfits! I loved it. It's a bit hard to explain, so maybe these pictures can help!
|The day started off with "La Coronacion", or the crowning of the new Queen of the Pollera. The Pollera is "The National Costume of Panama" but mainly it is the traditional dress of women in Panama|
|Some cuties from elementary school presenting the crown and some flowers to the new queen|
|The beginning of the parade|
|This is one of the boys that I live with, Michael. Definitely didn't recognize him|
|A few of my tenth grade students dancing in their traditional outfits|
|The start of the celebration|
|A beautiful outfit. This is often worn at Carnaval as well!|
|Two more of my students. Along with the Pollera, the women wear beautiful hairpieces like the ones that this girl is wearing in her hair|
|One of my eighth graders!|
I really can't express how impressed I was with the entire celebration. Each class prepared a presentation, which included dancing and singing. This typically included one or two girl soloists, and the rest of the class sang in the background. I'm not even kidding, I'm pretty sure every girl in this school has a ridiculously beautiful voice, and it was really cool to hear how talented several of my students are!
All you need to know is that November really is one gigantic holiday, and I'm totally okay with that.
Thanks for reading! Don't worry, I'm sure I will be updating you in a week or so with the next holiday!