Many times I’ve thought about where I am living. So close to the Caribbean traveled all over and the closest to Central American was Belize and Panama. Today I was the tourist my town and it was delightful. Don’t understand the language so could not surmise what was being presented over the speakers. So I just enjoyed and watched as the dancers slowly hopped from one foot to the other around in a circle. The costumes are hand-woven fabric and if it is anything like in Scandinavia each represents a specific district. At the end of the day one young woman will be named Queen.
It appeared some of the dance may have been a coming of age ritual. Or favoritism is shown by how much the young women are favored, as money is given for the privilege of accompanying her on a round of dance. This is an annual event and took place in the Royal Poinciana neighborhood where many Guatemalans, Handuranian and Maya live. The festival was accessible to them all as not many drive and so many children and families are lured out of their homes by the sound of marimba band and word of mouth. A little known fact is that they do not have a written language, it is all tradition.