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Panama : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Balboa (PAB)
  • Internet domain: .pa - Telephone code: +507 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: -5 (DST: no)
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    Thursday December 8, 2022Mothers' DaySecular holiday
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    Friday December 16, 2022End of school yearSchool holidays
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    Tuesday December 20, 2022Day of MourningSpecial Events
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    Tuesday December 20, 2022Invasion DaySpecial Events
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    Tuesday December 20, 2022Day of MourningSecular holiday
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Monday January 9, 2023Martyrs'DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Monday February 20, 2023Carnival (first day)Banks only
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    Tuesday February 21, 2023Carnival TuesdaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday February 22, 2023Ash WednesdayBanks only
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    Monday February 27, 2023Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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    Tuesday March 28, 2023ExpocomerTradeshows
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    Thursday April 6, 2023Bank Holiday (from 13:00)Banks only
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Friday May 26, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday June 5, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday June 18, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Mothers' Day

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    Thursday December 8, 2022
    Secular holiday : Initially set in May, the date was judged to only concern Americans living in the Canal Zone. In was then changed to Immaculate's Conception celebration and gazetted a public holiday. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    End of school year

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    Friday December 16, 2022
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    Day of Mourning

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    Tuesday December 20, 2022
    Special Events : Relates to the 1989 US invasion

    Invasion Day

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    Tuesday December 20, 2022
    Special Events : Commemorates the U.S. invasion in 1989

    Day of Mourning

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    Tuesday December 20, 2022
    Secular holiday : To commemorate Panamanians who died during the 1989 U.S. invasion of the country from 2022

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    Public holiday

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    Monday December 26, 2022
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    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    School holidays

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    School holidays : Www.meduca.gob.pa
    calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
    Schooling is mandatory till age 16
    Teaching languages: Spanish, English
    Schools close on Saturday & Sunday
    School uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till Jan 2023; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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    New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
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    Martyrs'Day

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    Monday January 9, 2023
    Secular holiday : Commemorates the January 9, 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone. The riots erupted after a Panamanian flag was torn down during conflict between Panamanian students and U.S. citizens living in the Panama Canal Zone over the right of the Panamanian flag to be flown alongside the U.S. flag. United States' Army units became involved in suppressing the violence after Canal Zone police were overwhelmed. After three days of fighting, 22 Panamanians and four U.S. citizens were killed. Wikipedia

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Carnival (first day)

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    Monday February 20, 2023
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    Carnival Tuesday

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    Tuesday February 21, 2023
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    Ash Wednesday

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    Wednesday February 22, 2023
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    Beginning of school year

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    Monday February 27, 2023
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    Expocomer

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    Tuesday March 28, 2023
    Tradeshows : Www.expocomer.com lasts 4 days - 2023 edition confirmed

    Bank Holiday (from 13:00)

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    Thursday April 6, 2023
    Banks only : Commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist (Lord's Supper) celebrates and His washing of the disciples' feet Maundy Thursday is not an official public holiday. But since it is the day before long Friday, many people has their workday shortened, and banks are closed in the afternoon.

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday May 26, 2023
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    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday June 5, 2023
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    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday June 18, 2023
    cards/flowers :