Celebration of Happiness (43) – Festival De Diablos Y Congos(Portobelo, Panama)

Festival De Diablos Y Congos

"Embrace The Painful Past With A Light Heart!"

PHILOSOPHY BEHIND PANAMA'S-FESTIVAL DE DIABLOS Y CONGOS

Find a place inside where there is joy, and the joy will burn away the pain. The best way to let go of the anger, pain and disgust that piles on in our hearts is to laugh it off and let the humor melt away the sadness and the negativity that it brings to us.

WHY AND HOW 'FESTIVAL DE DIABLOS Y CONGOS' IS CELEBRATED ?

Festival de Diablos Y Congos, the festival of demons and slaves, is one of the most prominent festivals celebrated in Portobelo, Panama. The place holds utmost importance in history and is witness to some of the very cruel acts of slavery that the African-American land had to suffer from the Spanish. The festival is celebrated to remind the people of the painful past of slavery that their ancestors had gone through, but with a touch of humor and festivities.

 

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The festival holds a lot of importance for the people of Portobelo, as it gives them a chance to relive the past and celebrate how they have conquered and won their freedom from the Spanish. During the festival, people dress up as slaves and mockingly take up a prisoner and ask for a huge ransom but is freed even on paying a token. The streets are full  of colorfully dressed people, singing and dancing to the traditional tunes and mocking away the painful life their ancestors had lived. It is also an opportunity for the people to celebrate their culture and traditions and is one of the most important holidays of the land.

IMPLEMENTATION OF 'FESTIVAL DE DIABLOS Y CONGOS' IN OUR DAILY LIFE

Turn The Tables On History!

Let go, forgive and forget!

The words are small but the impact they have on our lives is deeper. So let go of the pain and hurt and accept the painful past that you have been clinging to. Similarly accept your enemies and make peace with the fact that you do not get along.

This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)

 

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