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

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