So I got the chance to spend a day in Colón to see the “cristo negro” or “black Jesus” festival! Portobello, where the festival is held, is an absolutely stunning part of Panama. It’s right on the Caribbean, there are some cool ruins, and it’s only an hour and a half outside of the city! The festival is all about celebrating Jesus of Nazareth and people come from all over Panama to celebrate. People also come to the festival to atone for their sins and ask forgiveness. Some people crawl to the church (some even get hot wax dropped on them while they’re doing it) as a form of penance. I was told that usually these crawlers are theives who are asking forgiveness.