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  • Writer's pictureCari Mackey

The 5 holidays of November in Panama.

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

November is thee month of celebrations in Panama. In fact, there are 5 holidays so if you like to party and get a feel for the patriotism of this passionate nation, this is your month.

Traveling to Panama in November is the best way to immerse yourself in the most important cultural events of the year. The whole month is referred to as "Fiestas Patrias" [National Celebrations] so on just about any day of the month you are sure to find a parade, a dance, colorful decorations, fairs, and great parties.

We just kicked off the month with first three holidays: 3rd - Separation Day, 4th - Flag Day, and the 5th - Colon Day.

In 1879 while the Isthmus of Panama was under Colombian rule, the French began construction of the Panama canal. As you may know, it didn't go very well for them so they were forced to abandon the project 10 years later.

Around this time, driven by the desire to be independent, the people of Panama formed an opposition group to separate from Colombia but had not yet been successful.

Motivated to take over construction of the canal, but opposed by the Colombians, the U.S. seized the opportunity to support the opposition group which ultimately lead to Panama's successful independence from Colombia on November 3, 1903.

This marks the second Independence day for Panama, the next one, which is actually the first one, is later this month. Confusing? Wait for it...I got you, there's always more reasons to party in Panama. With all these festivities happening, you can imagine it's pretty tricky getting much accomplished other than joining in the party but, if you're looking for a great surf spot, quiet and away from the crowds, come stay with us in our little magical jungle Eco Resort.

Your Friends in Morrillo, Cari and Ryan Mackey Owners and Hosts Morrillo Beach Eco Resort

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