Panama celebrates a number of Panama holiday which you can also enjoy if you coincide it with your vacation in Panama. The Panamanian people celebrate Panama holiday just like the people all over the world also celebrate. Examples of these holidays are New Year’s Day and Labor Day (it is celebrated May 1 in Panama). They also have their Flag Day on November 4, and also take part in celebrating Mothers’ Day on December 8 and Christmas Day on December 25.
Panama Holiday: Christmas
For all Panamanians, the Christmas celebration is something which has to do more with family, friends and religion. During this Panama holiday they also put up Christmas decorations such as figures of Santa Claus and Christmas trees, although these are not considered as important or particular as in other countries. This is a kind of Panama holiday where the birth of Jesus Christ, the family and friendships are celebrated in a solemn and serious manner. But they also buy gifts and hold contests as to who among neighbors can display the best nativity.
The Panamanians prepare dinner and serve tamales, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, salads and wines, and then they eat together and give gifts. Many recipients wait for this Panama holiday to be over before they open their gifts. Some families travel to their beach houses while many just go house hopping after midnight.
Panama Holiday: Martyrs’ Day
This particular Panama holiday, the Martyrs’ Day, is celebrated by Panamanians on January 9 of each year. This date remembers the marches made in 1964 by students from a prestigious high school. They marched to the Canal Zone protesting the raising of the American flag and wanting to raise the Panamanian flag in their school also. During the commotion, the Panamanian flag was torn, which resulted in violence. This Panama holiday remembers the 22 people who died and the more than 100 who were injured.
Panama Holiday – Carnival
This Panama holiday is celebrated during the 4 days preceding Ash Wednesday. The holiday consists of the weekend before the Ash Wednesday and the 2 other days known to Panamanians as the Carnival Monday and Carnival Tuesday. During this Panama holiday, the main streets are filled with party goers and parades. People stay out late all night and do all the merrymaking. The entire celebration is highlighted by the selection of the Carnival Queen.
There are other Panama holidays observed in Panama which you could also enjoy when you are able to join the celebrations. There is the Separation Day, which is celebrated on November 3. This Panama holiday is observed in commemoration of the date when Panama was officially separated from Columbia in 1903. This day is also celebrated with festivities and parades, just like many Panama holidays.
Another holiday in Panama that you can’t miss is the Uprising of Los Santos. November 10 is the day of every year that marks the uprising of Los Santos. This 2nd independence holiday is a reminder to every Panamanian of this day in 1821 when they had an uprising against the Spanish rule. This happened in the Village of Los Santos, where Panamanians were able to free themselves from Spanish colonization.Go for Panama holiday.