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Independence Day

Independence Day 2019 and 2020

On 28 November, Panama celebrates its Independence Day. This day remembers the declaration of Panama’s independence from Spain back in 1821. The village of Los Santos had already declared independence on 10 November of the same year, but the official declaration took place in Panama City and for all of Panama.

YearDateDayHoliday
201928 NovThuIndependence Day from Spain
202028 NovSatIndependence Day from Spain

There was much disagreement and even chaos early in the independence era, but in the end, Panama turned against Spain and avoided any military conflict in the process of overthrowing Spanish rule. However, they ended up being a part of Colombia by the end of 1821 and remained so for the next 80 years or so.

On Independence Day, Panamanians celebrate with parades in the capital city and elsewhere. Almost invariably, it will “rain on their parade” since November is a very rainy month in Panama. But the people will keep on dancing in the streets in traditional costumes, while kids play games, and street vendors sell hot meat-sticks, hot dogs, and kebabs.

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