National Pollera Festival
Since the early afternoon, many women register for the different pollera categories.
The event begins with the participation of all girls younger than fifteen years old. They are invited to go to the stage, so that their love of their heritage can be displayed to the public.
Our folk music is present during the whole contest.
The first category of the contest is the one including polleras originally intended for the day to day activities.
For the contest, each empollerada, individually, shows off her dress on the stage.
Seconds later, the contestant approaches the jury, so that her pollera can be closely inspected.
Every year, there is a special category of older and rare polleras that are not registered for the contest.
The second category of the contest is the one named deluxe regional polleras.
All activities are presided over by the reigning National Queen of the Pollera.
The third category includes polleras made by a technique called sombreado.
The next, and fourth, category to enter the contest is the one made up of polleras created with the marcado technique.
The four best polleras on each category receive beautiful and traditional jewels.
The fifth, and last, category is comprised of the polleras made by the zurcido and bordado techniques.
Right before the award ceremony, the National Pollera Queen of the next year is introduced to the public.
At the end of the night, prizes are awarded to the five categories, to several special categories and then, to the winner of the Margarita Lozano Medal.
The Saint Librada festivities at Las Tablas are held at the same time as a series of cultural events, collectively know as the National Pollera Festival. The main activity of this festival is the pollera contest that awards the Margarita Lozano Medal, the most important award for polleras in Panama.
There are five main categories in the contest, a young girls category and a special pollera category. The last two are not competitive. Prizes are awarded to the top four polleras on each competitive category. There are some special awards for the best head arrangement and the best set of jewels. Finally, the Margarita Lozano Medal is given to the best deluxe pollera, picked among the top winners of the last three competitive categories.
We strongly encourage our visitors to witness this great cultural event. If you want to know the next dates for this and many other festivals in Panama, please, check out our Digital Calendar of Heritage Festivities of Panama.