Wednesday, December 07, 2022

National holiday in Panama amid rain and pending issues

by Mario Hubert Garrido

Chief Correspondent in Panama

Pictures of some children from the Los Almacigos school on the island of Sebaco, the western province of Veraguas, south of the Gulf of Montijo in the Pacific Ocean, paraded with tricolor flags, went viral on the network and pointed to the love for the nation from families in schools. need to promote.

The seriousness of the Protocol Acts marked the beginning of the commemoration of 201 years of independence from Spain and 119 years of definitive separation from Colombia.

In this regard Emma Gomez, Director of Intangible Heritage of the Ministry of Culture said that the almanac should not be a celebration limited to November, it is a daily value.

For the officer it is about civility, the essential patriotism born out of love of family, school, country, but it is also about parades, distinctive costumes, choreography and interpretation of the rhythms.

Gomez said, for the first time after two years with restrictions due to COVID-19, this 2022, bands or artistic groups participate individually; The mere fact of participating in parades and other ceremonial functions as a public, such as raising a goal or national emblem, is also an expression of enthusiasm and a desire to build the future.

In the capital of the isthmus, traditional shows centered on the central avenue of Calle 50 and Cinta Costera on 3 and 4 November, bringing together musical bands, choreography and various school groups, showing their traditions amidst songs and distinctive dances.

For historian Maixa Lasso, these dates recall those Panamanian founders of the nation and their steadfast desire to achieve a better country with self-determination and sovereignty that should be honored.

As of November 28, similar activities will be carried out throughout the country, with central works in the districts of Eastern Colón, La Villa de los Santos and La Chorrera (West Panama) and Boquet (Chiriqui).

The independence of Panama was the liberation process developed between November 10 and 28, 1821, by which the region severed existing ties with the Spanish Empire, thus ending more than 300 years of colonial life.

for greater cultural diversity

Panama’s Minister of Culture, Giselle González, is another convinced that the national holiday is another attempt to spread and value the wide variety of artistic expressions, which should be protected by young people as symbols of identity.

In this context, he told the media that the strategy is to extend the national pride present this November in defense of multiculturalism throughout the year.

The official also advocated that on 365 days of the year Panamanians could take pride in their dances, in native dances, in distinctive costumes such as skirts, or the drums of the Caribbean Columbus.

building a better country

The urgency of social dialogue for building a better country and irregular migration came to the fore in the speeches of the speakers on these national holidays.

After the morning goal and flag hoisting in the Presidency of the Republic, the head of state, Laurentino Cortizo, joined a mass presented by the Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa.

There the bishop again noted the continuation of talks with popular organisations, who protested last July against the high cost of living, and confirmed that the Catholic Church was trying to find a mediator figure for the second phase, the start of which was postponed. was done.

Uloa pointed out that only in this way can a “compromise” decision be made between all sectors that contribute to improving the quality of life of those living in the country.

In the tedium of Santa María la Antigua Basilica Cathedral, the religious leader also referred to the current migrant crisis and indicated that it cannot be addressed unilaterally, but must be a joint effort with brother countries to find a humanitarian departure.

In this regard, the President of Panama indicated that more than 200,000 people bound for the United States so far this year transited through Panama, with recent increases in Haitians and Ecuadorians.

On this matter, Cortizo stressed that both the inter-institutional work and those undertaken with other countries are necessary and praised the agreements of the Directors of Migration for Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia with North American officials gathered in this city, Who will organize the next meeting.

Popular and trade union organizations also took advantage of their turn in the parade to demand equality and social justice.

Perhaps oblivious to these complexities of politics, Panamanian Vedelka Romero took mobile chairs and umbrellas to leave early with his relatives to enjoy the parade on 50th Street.

I do not want to recall the passing of the gang and especially the one in which my nephews and grandchildren participate, he told Prensa Latina.

“It is a tradition to pay homage to the motherland and thank God, now personally, two years after the pandemic; We should cultivate it from home, from generation to generation, without forgetting school”, he remarked.


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