Panama is at Holiday for the Month of NovemberOr it can feel that way, at least.
If you’re doing business in, through, or about Panama, this is need-to-know information. You have 11 months to accomplish what you need. Panamanians are taking off in November.
While a lot of people in Panama are hard at work, with 6 national holidays, and several other provincial holidays, November is a notoriously slow month-to say the least. Locals often escape the hubbub of Panama City and head to visit family and friends in country towns or make way to the beaches. If you want parades, dancing in the streets, and lots of Panama’s red, white and blue, this is the time to come.
Plan ahead for ATM’s running out of money and some restrictions on alcohol sales 24-48 hours around the holiday.
Here is the November Holiday rundown:
November 2: Dia de los Muertos Celebrated in Panama with reverence for ancestors, this is opposite of the parades and fiestas in Mexico. Panamanians typically visit cemeteries and are restrained from loud music or buying alcohol.
November 3: Separation Day This is the beginning of the Fiestas Patrias in November. Separation Day commemorates Panama’s Civil War and separation from Columbia in 1903
November 4: Flag Day National pride will be at its peak with flags, colors, and décor on about any place possible.
November 5: Colon Day Panamanians remember Christopher Columbus who traveled all down the Eastern coast of Panama on his fourth voyage (and rested near Red Frog Beach for a week). It was also in Colon that Panama’s forces stood against the Columbian army to victory in the separation.
November 10: The Uprising in the Villa de Los Santos When Panama was under rule of the Spanish Empire, villagers in Los Santos wrote a letter to activist Simon Bolivar for aid in a revolt against the Spanish. The holiday marks the first step towards independence.
November 28: Independence Day This is the anniversary from 1821 when Panama declared full independence from Spain and joined the Columbian government (Gran Columbia) for another 80 or so years.
This year Panama’s Independence Day falls on Thanksgiving Day as celebrated in the USA. What are your plans for the November 28th holiday?