Holidays: As Panama is a predominantly Christian country, the Christian festivals like Christmas, Epiphany (January 6) and of course Easter is celebrated everywhere. Panama has many religious festivals anyway and is rich in folklore and folk traditions.
Public holidays in Panama include: 1 January (New Year), January 9 (Martelaarsdag), August 15 (the Association of Old Panama), All Souls' Day (November 2), Nov. 3 (Independence of Colombia in 1903), November 28 ( independence from Spain in 1821), December 8 (Mother). Carnival and Semana Santa is also widely celebrated in Panama. The Carnival of Las Tablas, every year the weekend before Ash Wednesday draws crowds.