Folk Gala of the Diana Gabriel School, in Arraijan
At the entrance, we were met by a group of teachers from the school.
Each grade group of students was dressed in traditional attire.
Here is another group of kids who attend the school.
At all times, they were guided and supported by their teachers.
Special care was taken to coordinate the traditional dresses of each grade group.
Even the younger kids were dressed in traditional attire.
At lunch time, the teachers in charge of serving the meals had a really busy time.
Here we see another group of students of Diana Gabriel School.
The older students also wore polleras and camisillas for the celebration.
A few minutes after noon, groups of students began entering the venue, to the rhythm of our folk music.
Next, the Queen of the Campesino Week, Arelys Marin, arrived at the event.
The school honored Mr. Nander Gomez, a folklore practitioner. He was given an award by Mrs. Neris Barria, principal of the school.
The kids, then, sang a very nice tamborito.
The next item of the program was a folk dance contest.
The jury of the contest had a difficult task in evaluating the contestants.
There were two categories: Students of the school and invited groups.
At the end of the contest, prizes were awarded to the best dancers.
This group of children also won one of the categories.
The Queen poses together with here family, teacher and principal.
A few kilometers away from Panama City, in the west bank of the canal, the town of Arraijan is the venue for the yearly Campesino Week of the Diana Gabriel School. This year, the event was even better, as the school community organized a folk gala with dance performances by many groups.
This event always take place in October right before the November National Holidays of Panama. Despite aculturization resulting in some other schools concentrating in organizing foreign Halloween celebrations during October, Diana Gabriel School has made this celebration of Panamanian folklore a centerpiece of its educational activities.
As in previous years, there was a Queen for the event. Also, the school honored a local folklore practitioner, Mr. Nander Gomez, for his contribution to the education of the new generations of Panamanians. All of this took place in a festive environment. And on top of that, hungry attendees had the chance to eat delicious traditional Panamanian food.
Congratulations to the Diana Gabriel School community for keeping Panamanian traditions alive and helping kids get in touch their heritage.