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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)
in 2014, Panamá will be celebrating the Canal' centennial
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Monday August 15, 2022Regional holidaySecular holiday
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Friday September 9, 2022Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday September 19, 2022Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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Thursday November 10, 2022First cry for independenceSecular holiday
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Sunday November 13, 2022Reporter's DaySpecial Events
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Monday November 28, 2022Inauguration DayNational Day
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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, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 2, 2023New Year's DaySecular 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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Regional holiday

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Monday August 15, 2022
Secular holiday : Foundation Day, Panama City Only in Panama City, but stock market is closed in the whole country.

Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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Friday September 9, 2022
School holidays :

Mid-term holiday (end)

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Monday September 19, 2022
School holidays :

First cry for independence

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Thursday November 10, 2022
Secular holiday : On the 10th of November 1821 citizens of Los Santos passed a resolution calling for Los Santos' secession from Spain. This resolution led to the rest of Panamá to declare independence less than two decades later. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Reporter's Day

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Sunday November 13, 2022
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Inauguration Day

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Monday November 28, 2022
Secular holiday : Panamá declared its independence from Spain on Nov. 28, 1821.

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
Secular holiday :

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

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

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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. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

New Year's Day

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Monday January 2, 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. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

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
Secular holiday :

Ash Wednesday

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Wednesday February 22, 2023
Banks only :

Beginning of school year

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Monday February 27, 2023
School holidays :