Panama

By: Chezney Priem

Environments

Environments
  • Thousands of trees, plants, animals
  • Poor management of natural resources results in deforestation, pollution, desertification, loss of natural habits
Climate
  • Panama is generally hot and humid.
  • Temperatures fall below 79 degrees in the coolest months
  • It has two seasons dry and rainy.
  • Weather conditions of these seasons vary region to region.
  • Temperatures on the Caribbean coast are slightly warmer than Pacific
  • In the high mountainous regions, the climate is cooler.
  • Darien region the temperature is often high and even hotter than the costal regions.
Rainfall


  • If we remove the rain forests there will be less rain.
  • That means there will not be enough water to go through canals.
  • 52,000,000 gallons of water fall each year in the rain forest

Landforms

Plains-
  • Majority of population lives in the lowlands.
  • Easy to grow food in the lowlands
  • More plants grow here

Mountains-
  • Serrania de Tabasara mountains begin near the Costa Rican border
  • Which ends in the region of low hills in the middle of the country, near Panama Canal
  • Cordillera de San Blas and the Serrania del Darien lie east of the canal
  • Toward the Colombian border, these two ranges become part of the Andes
  • Andes are the great chain of mountains in South America

Society

Holidays-
  • Labor day is May 1.
  • Independence from Columbia is November 3.
  • Independence from Spain is November 28.
  • Mother's day is December 8.
  • Most businesses shut down for holidays.
  • Family gather to drink and socialize.

Festivals-

  • They call festivals, fiestas.
  • Celebrate 4 days before Ash Wednesday.
  • They celebrate many thing like births, first communion, marriage, and even death.

Religions-

  • 84 percent of the people in Panama are Roman Catholic.
  • 15 percent are Protestant and 1 percent are Jews.
Arts-
  • Many make jewelry from things they find lying around.
  • Many things are made from bones, glass, shells.
History-
  • Spain exported 4,000 slaves to Panama.
  • This marked the beginning of the slave trade.

Daily Life

Language-
  • Spanish is the official language of Panama.
  • 28 letter in Spanish alphabet

Communications-

  • Only 43 per one hundred only use the internet.
  • 163 per one hundred people use cell phones.
Flag-
  • Divided into four equal squares.
  • Top left box is white with a blue five point star
  • The top right is red and the bottom left is blue.
  • Bottom right is white with a red star.
Government-
  • They have three branches which are executive, legislative, and judicial.
Transpiration-
  • They travel on the highway.
  • Highway runs by Costa Rico border, through Panama, and ends at Darien Gap.
  • They also travel by airplane and waterways.
  • In the city taxi's, buses, horses, and walking is other ways to get around.
Population-
  • Panama is the smallest populated in Central America.
  • Their population is 3, 608, 431.
  • Their population growth is 1.35%
  • 14% are black, 10% white, and the rest are indigenous people.
Education-
  • Primary schooling is for kids 6-15 years old.
  • Upper is 7-9th grade.
  • 10-12th is college.
  • Anything higher than 12th grade is private schools.

Recreation

Sports-
  • Panama's national favorite sports are baseball and soccer.
  • At school the kids play basket, volleyball, and baseball.
  • When they don't have a baseball they use a orange or a grapefruit.
Leisure-
  • They enjoy attending horse races, boxing matches, cockfights, fairs, movies.
  • Some people like to play the lottery twice a week.
  • They often like to play music, cards, and dominos.
  • Marbles is favorited mostly by young boys.
Vacation-
  • Middle and upper class mostly take trips along the coast.
  • Or they travel to the United States, Spain, Germany, Italy.
  • If they don't travel to any of those they choose to travel to Panama City to shop.

Health and Food

Health-

  • Doctors around Panama give out free examinations.
  • They give out free health education and sanitation programs out for free.
  • Health centers are understaffed or poorly equipped.
  • Yellow fever and malaria are very common in Panama.
Food-

  • Panama's citizens usually eats 3 big meals a day.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and supper.
  • Families like to eat supper together every day.
  • When they have guests over they are served first and there is very little conversation.

Life Cycle

Births-
  • When a baby is born they have a baby shower.
  • When the women is pregnant she doesn't tell anyone how far along she is.
  • Most women give birth in hospitals but others hire a nurse to help at home.
  • If they don't have a nurse the mother or sister helps.
  • When they take a baby outside, they out a red ribbon on their foot and that means to keep the bad spirits away from the new born child.
Milestones-
  • When a daughter turns fifteen she has a big going out party called a Quinceanera.
  • When a child turns 18 they are legally an adult.
  • Indigenous girls have a coming of age party when they hit puberty
Death-
  • Have a funeral and wear black.
  • They gather for prayers every month after someone dies.

Marriage and Dating

Dating-

  • They can start dating at age 14.
  • Couples exchange rings as a symbol of commitment.
  • Couples try to be together at all times.
  • When a man purposes he announces it to a large group of people.
Marriage-

  • In urban areas they have a church wedding.
  • The bride wears white and the men wear dark suits.
  • The priest blesses 13 coins, then gives it to the couple during ceremony.
  • Traditional dishes at the wedding reception, they serve guandu and rice.

Citations

Augustin, Byron. Panama. New York: Children's, 2005. Print.


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