Public Holidays in Panama
Panama, a land of diverse landscapes and cultures, boasts a rich tapestry of public holidays that reflect its vibrant heritage. From solemn religious observances to lively celebrations of independence, these holidays offer a unique window into Panama's history and traditions.
New Year's Day (Año Nuevo) - January 1st
Like many countries, Panama ushers in the new year with fireworks, parties, and gatherings. Panamanians often engage in the custom of burning "Mr. Old Year" effigies to bid farewell to the past year.
Carnival (Carnaval) - Date Varies
Carnival in Panama is a lively and exuberant affair, featuring parades, music, dancing, and colorful costumes. The city of Las Tablas is renowned for its elaborate floats and traditional "culecos" water cannons.
Holy Week (Semana Santa) - Date Varies
A deeply religious period, Holy Week is marked by processions, reenactments of the Passion of Christ, and church services. Families often gather for meals, and many Panamanians embark on pilgrimages to sacred sites.
Labor Day (Día del Trabajador) - May 1st
Panama acknowledges the contributions of its workforce on Labor Day. While it's a day of rest for most, labor unions and workers' organizations may hold demonstrations and events.
Separation Day (Día de la Separación) - November 3rd
This holiday commemorates Panama's separation from Colombia in 1903. Festivities include parades, music, and cultural events that reflect the country's patriotic spirit.
Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) - November 28th
Celebrating Panama's independence from Spain in 1821, this holiday features patriotic parades, flag ceremonies, and traditional dances. Panamanians take great pride in their history.
Mother's Day (Día de las Madres) - December 8th
Panama honors mothers with special tributes, gifts, and family gatherings. It's a day to express gratitude and love for the maternal figures in one's life.
Christmas (Navidad) - December 25th
Christmas in Panama is a festive time marked by religious ceremonies, colorful decorations, and joyful celebrations. Traditional dishes like "tamales" and "arroz con guandú" are savored.
New Year's Eve (Nochevieja) - December 31st
The year concludes with exuberant parties, fireworks, and the tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight, each grape symbolizing a wish for the coming year.
These public holidays in Panama reflect the nation's blend of indigenous, Spanish, and Afro-Caribbean influences, creating a unique cultural mosaic. Whether you're captivated by the vivacity of Carnival or the solemnity of Holy Week, each holiday provides a glimpse into Panama's rich history and its people's enduring spirit. So, plan your visit to Panama to coincide with these celebrations and immerse yourself in the country's vibrant traditions and warm hospitality.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Mother's Day||December 08||Friday||Public Holiday|
|National Mourning Day||December 20||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Martyrs' Day||January 09||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Carnival (Shrove Tuesday)||February 13||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|