Panama officially the Republic of Panama is the southernmost country located in Central America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south.
The capital and the largest city of this country is Panama City.
Christmas Celebrations in Panama :
Christmas traditions in Panama contain a curious mixture of Spanish and American traditions due to the Americans building the Panama canal. Panama is a very small country. On the second weekend in December the festivities begin. The Panama City Christmas parade is one of the most exciting Panama Christmas traditions. The poor children from around the city are gathered together and brought to the center of the festivities, so they, too, can enjoy them. The floats are decorated in the national styles and the women dress in their country’s party dresses, polleras. At the Panama City beach, they ceremonially light a giant Christmas tree and sing Navidad villanciaos, Christmas carols. The local churches come together to serve hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. The day is topped off with a fireworks display and, later that night, a Christmas boat parade, at the Panama City beach. The light show on these boats is spectacular.
Smaller neighborhoods love to hold the Spanish Las Posada on the nine days before Christmas. Nacimientos, Nativity scene is displayed in many homes and the Christmas tree may or may not be present.In the Panama Canal zone, which is Americanized, there are extravagant outdoor displays with Christmas lights and nativity scenes. On Christmas Eve at midnight, the Panamanians don’t ring the Christmas bells to announce the coming of the Lord Jesus, but instead shoot off fabulous fireworks. No one misses the beginning of Christmas in Panama. They have a night time feast and there is much dancing and celebrating in the streets of Panama.
At the feast you can expect to dine on Chicken tamales, pork, rice with guandu (peas) and bread Arroz con Pollo chicken, pavo turkey and relleno, stuffing. Beautiful bowls of fruit and fruitcake are the traditional desserts. A form of spiked eggnog called Ron Ponche is often served. Panama also celebrates the Epiphany,Dia de los Reyes. This is the day children will receive small gifts.
Christmas greeting in Panama is known as “Feliz Navidad” and Santa Claus is known as “Papa Noel”.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!