Carnival celebrations are observed throughout Panama. Â The town of Las Tablas hosts the most famous, but other towns including Bocas del Toro still throw quite a party. Â This year, Carnival takes place from March 4th â€“ March 8th. Â Revelers in costume dance throughout the day and night. Â There are parades, music and of course, dancing.
Origins date back over 5,000 years in Egypt, Greece & the Roman Empire. Â Festivals celebrated the return of Spring. Momo, Greek god of mockery and madness, was famous for entertaining the gods of Olympus. By the middle ages, parties of mockery and madness were attended by people in costume. The carnivals were incorporated into the christian calendar, known as a period of excess before the abstinence of lent. Customs spread across Europe and to the Americas.
In Bocas they celebrate Fiesta de Rey Momo â€“ The party of King Momo, the carnival devil who loves to dance.