Last Updated on April 13, 2021
Panamanians party hard! Carnaval is Panama’s biggest annual celebration, and while it might not be as well known as Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it is one of the biggest carnivals in the world. For seven days, the streets around the country are flooded with parades and fantastic costumes. We hit Bocas del Toro for the carnival weekend and witnessed the seemingly painful custom of the ‘whipping devils’, in which devils chase through the streets and whip at the legs of people in the crowd. The devils represent the Spanish conquerors and the evils of the slavery.