Panama

Lizabeth Sightler 4B

Panama Celebrations (not including regular USA holidays)

  • Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos, January 6
  • Martyr's Day, January 9
  • Carnival, February 23-24, 2009
  • Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2009
  • Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2009
  • Good Friday, April 10, 2009
  • Holy Saturday, April 11, 2009
  • Panama City Day, August 15
  • Anniversary of the Founding of Panama City, August 15
  • Children's Day, November 1
  • All Souls' Day, November 2
  • Anniversary of Separation from Colombia, November 3
  • Flag Day, November 4
  • Colon Day, November 5
  • Anniversary of the First Call for Independence from Spain, November 10
  • Anniversary of Independence from Spain, November 28

Everyday food in Panama:

The foods found in Panama are quite diverse as fruits, vegetables, and numerous animals are present and have been used as food sources for as long as people have inhabited the land. Potatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, pineapple, cassava (yucca), plantains, maize (corn), and numerous other fruits and vegetables are common. A couple other foods that are quite important in the historic and the present diet are beans and coconuts. Both made up an important part of the people's historic diet and that has not changed.

Most Common foods:

Beans: red and black beans are common; served at nearly every meal alone or mixed with coconut rice
Plantains: a very common side dish or ingredient, but not as common as rice, beans, or tortillas
Rice: cooked in coconut milk, rice can be served alone or can be mixed with beans and served together
Tortillas: flat bread often made from corn and served with most meals

Specialty Foods:

Bollos: corn dough wrapped in corn husks or plantain leaves then boiled; sometimes it is stuffed with beef
Empanadas: dough stuffed with meats, vegetables, and sometimes cheese; can also be a dessert when stuffed with fruits

Being at least 15 minutes late is common for most social gatherings.