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Fun and festivities in Panama - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

midnight thunder Christmas is celebrated from 24th to 25th December by Panamanians. From the beginning of the first winter month, the people of Panama start preparing eagerly for one of their favorite holidays: they decorate houses from inside and outside with garlands, sometimes painting their dwellings with bright colors. They buy fluffy Canadian Christmas trees and also richly decorate them. Christmas dinner in addition to a huge number of other dishes, inevitably includes potato salad, turkey, sweet fruit bread and egg-wine cocktail. At night, many celebrants attend church services, and the youth after midnight go to clubs or to home parties. Some people prefer to conduct prayers at home.
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Cheerful open-air celebrations at the beaches with families, is what a New Year fest often looks like in Panama. In the parks of big cities, events with musicians and dancers are held, just as fireworks are launched all over the country. Bonfires can also be seen blazing. They are believed to expel dark forces and destroy all the bad things that happened in the old year. As soon as the clock begins to chime towards the last seconds of the year, Panamanians hurry to eat twelve grapes, which must contain seeds. These seeds are not swallowed, but will certainly be spat out, since their total number should mean the lucky number of a person for the whole of the coming year.
The Martyrs’ Day is celebrated on the ninth of January. This is an important day for mourning for every Panamanian, in honor of the memory of those who died in 1964 during the anti-American riots in the Panama Canal region. Pupils of schools located in this zone, asked for the right to hang the Panamanian flag next to the American one. However instead of a peaceful demonstration, there was a violent clash between Panamanians and Americans. More than two dozen adults, children and high school students were killed as American soldiers shot at the protesting Panamanian crowd. Every year on this date, the participants of the parade pass along the routes that students of the school passed through on that memorable day, while survivors of the massacre hold speeches at the memorials. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Carnival Monday and Carnival Tuesday fall on the Monday and Tuesday respectively, which precedes Ash Wednesday. On these February days in Panama, live music never ceases, and parades as well as other celebrations are organized. People go to mass celebrations, have fun and launch fireworks. Ash Wednesday is celebrated a month and a half before Easter. On this day Panamanian Christians begin to fast, just as services are held in churches, during which a cross from ash is drawn on the foreheads of believers, and in some cases heads are sprinkled with ash. This is intended to symbolize the fragility of the life of any person, reminding everyone that he came from the dust and shall return again to dust.
incoming sunset Good Friday is celebrated in Panama in March or April. On this day sermons, matins and vespers are held, dedicated to the sufferings on the cross, death and the removal of Christ from the cross. The first of May is a state holiday, which originated from the peaceful demonstration of the workers of Chicago in 1886, which demanded for the end of labor exploitation and the introduction of an eight-hour working day regime. Since then, the demonstrations on May 1st began to be held annually, and other countries have taken up the tradition. Panamanians celebrate this holiday together with the whole world. Here, as in many countries, solemn parades are held, in which thousands of workers participate.
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November in Panama is rich on official holidays. The second of November is the Day of the Dead, when Panamanians visit the graves of deceased relatives. The third of November is the Separation Day. On this day the inhabitants of the country celebrate their parting from Colombia in 1903, which was preceded by the “Thousand Days’ War” of the liberal and conservative party. During this war, the Panamanians tried to secede more than once, but the armed forces of Colombia suppressed the resistance. The fourth of November is the Day of Patriotic Symbols, that is, the coat of arms, flag and national anthem. The President raises the flag of Panama, and then a parade is held, which is accompanied by live music.
On the fifth of November, the day of the port city of Colon, also called Colon’s Day, is marked. This is a continuation of the Separation Day, since on this day the Panamanians convinced the Colombian forces that were in Colon, not to interfere with the separation of Panama. On November tenth, Panama celebrates the Day of the first cry for independence, when in 1821 the legendary Rufina Alfaro led the march in Los Santos, during which she screamed “Long live freedom”. November 28th is marked as the day the country gained independence from Spain, and on December 8th, Panamanians pay tribute to their mothers. Mother’s Day is very important in Panama, so the state made it an official holiday.
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