The Congo maintain their own culture, the most “colorful” manifestation of which takes place in January and February of each year when the Congo flag flies over the “palenques,” the name given to enclaves of fugitive slaves. During the celebration, characters such as Pajarito, Mamá Guarda, the Priest, the Spirit, the Archangel, and the Devils surround the Queen and Juan de Dios. The women dress in colorful skirts made from scraps of fabric and the men paint their faces or wear masks and speak in the Congo dialect. The women sing, the men beat drums, and everyone moves together in a sensual, theatrical dance that represents stories from their history. It all comes to an end on Ash Wednesday with the baptism of the “Devils,” who have spent the past two months torturing the Congos and using their whips.n planning your stay in Panama, Bajo del Congo is where it's at. Snorkel the vast reefs,explore the dense tunnel of mangroves, visit numerous pristine island beaches, surf the famous Bajo del Congo wave, kayak over the crystal clear waters or just sit back and take in the view.