Panamanian holidays

Who? The effigy of Judas. Here in Panama you can unload all the baggage of your year at midnight on December 31 by making a sort of scarecrow and burning it at midnight. Isn”t that great? A couple of weeks before Christmas the observant will begin to notice these stuffed, life size dolls lashed to fences and gates, ready for immolation […]

They Burned Him Last Night

Today, December 8, is both the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Mother’s Day here in Panama. Since the 1930’s, it has been a national holiday, which means the schools, the banks, and most businesses close for the occasion. This year it is also on a Monday, which makes for a comfortably long weekend for everyone. Except for all the business shutdown, Mother’s Day […]

A December Mother’s Day in Panama