Panama Holidays – Planning
People planning for a Panama holidays are not concerned about the weather in the country, but the festivals that will be observed at the time of their arrival. They are careful to plan the trip around one of the Panama holidays or festivities. There are many special events held in Panama and they usually range from an opera in Panama City to a somewhat colorful festival held in one of the districts or islands of Panama.
Panama Holidays – Religion
Because Panama is a Roman Catholic country, you can rightly expect to witness celebrations of Panama holidays that center around Christian traditions. However, the 7 primary cultures of Panama observe their own old tradition that date back more than hundreds of years. An interesting point is that most of the time, the native cultures mix their pagan beliefs with Christians during their festivals. Almost all towns and cities in Panama have their own patron saint festivals so schedule your Panama holidays accordingly to see if anything special is going on in your destination.
The most celebrated of all Panama holidays and festivals is Carnival. It is celebrated in February, actually four days leading up to Ash Wednesday. This Panama holiday is considered the most colorful and raucous of all, equivalent to a combination of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival. There are lots of fireworks, music, dancing, eating and drinking. The parades held in Panama city and the Las Tablas are popular attractions. People flock to these two cities to experience the merriment.
Among the more interesting festivals that you might experience in your Panama holidays is the Festival of the Black Christ, celebrated every October 21 each year on the town of Portobelo. The parade features a life-size statue of the Black Christ. Good Friday and Easter are also important Panama holidays. The Holy Week parade are witnessed by tourists who are interested in religious events.
Panama Holidays – Music
If you are a music buff, it is highly likely that you will love to see the Panama Jazz Festival, held every January in Panama City and lasts for a week. The proceeds of this festival are donated to charitable causes. And for coffee land flower overs, there is that January Flower and Coffee Festival in Chiriqui Highlands. It is a 10-day celebration which you can join to witness how Panamanians observe the festivities.
When it comes to Panama holidays, the month of November is the most celebrated. November 1 is Panama’s National Anthem Day; November 2 is All Souls’ Day, and November 3 is the country’s Independence Day. In November 10, Panamanians celebrate the First Call For Independence. November 28 marks Panama’s Independence From Spain. These Panama holidays are all official, so don’t be surprised if things slow down a bit in November.
If you want to witness the celebration of Carnival or other Panamanian festivals, make sure you include it in your Panama vacation itinerary. you must also book your trip ahead so you can get the kind of accommodation that you desire. All these done, you are assured of a more rewarding experience while on Panama holidays.