Panama Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Panama or officially the Republic of Panama is a country usually considered to be entirely in North America or Central America
  • Panama was famous by its  Panama Canal, which built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914
  • Revenue from canal tolls continues to represent a significant portion of Panama’s GDP
  • If a public holidays falls on a Sunday, the following working Monday is observed as holiday
  • If employee require to work on a public holiday, s/he will be compensated double of their normal wages

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
9 JanMonMartyrs' Day - Is a Panamanian Day of National Mourning which commemorates the January 9, 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone
27 FebMonCarnival - Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday
28 FebTueMardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) - Celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. This is the Tuesday before lent is the last chance to feast for 40 days.
1 MarWedAsh Wednesday - Marks the first day of Lent in western Christian churches
14 AprFriHoly Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
1 MayMonLabour Day - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
3 NovFriSeparation Day
4 NovSatFlag Day - The flag of Panama was made by María de la Ossa de Amador and was officially adopted by the "ley 48 de 1925". Flag Day forms a bridge holiday between Separation Day and Colon Day
5 NovSunColon Day - Celebrates the events of 1903, when the citizens of Colon averted a march on Panama City by the Colombian army
10 NovFriLos Santos Uprising Day - Commemorates the beginning of Panama's struggle for independence from Spain in 1821
28 NovTueIndependence Day - Independence from Spain in 1821
8 DecFriMother's Day - Celebration honoring the mother of the family. Celebrated on Immaculate Conception Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Celebrate the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
9 JanFriMartyrs' Day
16 FebMonCarnival (Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
17 FebTueMardi Gras (Celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
18 FebWedAsh Wednesday
3 AprFriHoly Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
1 MayFriLabour Day (International observances began with the Haymarket Riot in Chicago)
3 NovTueSeparation Day
4 NovWedFlag Day
5 NovThursColon Day
10 NovTueLos Santos Uprising Day
28 NovSatIndependence Day
8 DecTueMother's Day (Celebrated on Immaculate Conception Day)
25 DecFriChristmas Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
9 JanSatMartyrs' Day
8 FebMonCarnival (Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
9 FebTueMardi Gras (Celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
10 FebWedAsh Wednesday
25 MarFriHoly Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 MayMonLabour Day Holiday (International observances began with the Haymarket Riot in Chicago)
3 NovThursSeparation Day
4 NovFriFlag Day
5 NovSatColon Day
10 NovThursLos Santos Uprising Day
28 NovMonIndependence Day
8 DecThursMother's Day (Celebrated on Immaculate Conception Day)
26 DecMonChristmas Day Holiday

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
9 JanTueMartyrs' Day
12 FebMonCarnival (Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
13 FebTueMardi Gras (Celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
14 FebWedAsh Wednesday
30 MarFriHoly Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
1 MayTueLabour Day (International observances began with the Haymarket Riot in Chicago)
3 NovSatSeparation Day
4 NovSunFlag Day
5 NovMonColon Day
10 NovSatLos Santos Uprising Day
28 NovWedIndependence Day
8 DecSatMother's Day (Celebrated on Immaculate Conception Day)
25 DecTueChristmas Day

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