Panama is a country of diversity, culture, folklore and history and it celebrates several holidays during the year that can affect your travels. Some things that are important to know during holidays and festivities:
- Banks will be closed and ATM machines often run out of money.
- Often alcoholic beverages are forbidden from noon on the day before the holiday until noon the next day.
- Traffic can be very intense during holidays since most locals travels to see family in the interior provinces.
- If a Panamanian national holiday falls on a Sunday, the day off is automatically moved to the following Monday to create a long weekend.
The list below for Panama’s National Holidays
|New Years||1 January|
|Martyr’s Day||9 January|
|Carnival – 2018||12 – 13 February|
|Holy Week – 2018||30 March|
|Labor Day||1 May|
|Independence Day||3 November|
|Flag Day / National Symbols Day||4 November|
|Colon Day||5 November|
|Shout in Villa de los Santos||10 November|
|Independence from Spain||28 November|
|Mother’s Day||8 December|
|Christmas Day||25 December|
|New Year’s Eve||31 December|