November is a month full of patriotic celebrations and fiestas for Panamanians. Look for the Panama flag flying all over the country and being sold on every major street corner in the city. Listen for marching bands which have been practicing for months. Watch parades during the special holidays.
Monday November 3, 2008: Celebrating independence from Colombia in 1903, and the foundation of the Republic of Panama. Panama was a province of Colombia until then. A huge parade will be held in Panama City. Avoid parade areas if driving because you are sure to be detoured or delayed.
Tuesday November 4: Flag Day. The Panama flag was designed by Manuel Amador.
Wednesday November 5: Panamanians in Colon convinced Colombia not to march on Panama City. It was key to the separation from Colombia.
Monday November 10: Los Santos leaders from La Villa called for independence from Spain on this day in 1821. The area was the center for the movement of independence from Spain.
Friday November 28: In 1821 Panama became independent of Spanish rule and voluntarily joined with Colombia. The final day of November celebrations.
The Panama Flag is divided into four parts, two sections are white and the other two are red and blue. The white parts of the flag has two five pointed stars of red and blue color on each of them. In 1903, the flag became official. The blue rectangle and the blue star is on the hoisted side. The white part stands for peace and the blue star for purity and honesty and the red star law and power. The red and blue star also stands for Liberal party and Conservative party, the two political parties of the Republic of Panama.
After all of the November Holidays, get ready for Mother´s Day in Panama on Monday, December 8th, 2008. It is a full fledged holiday and the biggest day of the year for most Panama restaurants. Many businesses close. More to come on this….