Panama celebrates Independence Day

first_imgRelated posts:Beyoncé and 4 other celebrities who visited Costa Rica during 2014 Costa Rican Embassy opens to public for Washington’s annual ‘Passport DC’ festivities Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon Honduras to convert US-built airbase into airport for capital A parade of soldiers marches through Casco Viejo on Nov. 3 to celebrate Panama’s Independence Day. Also translated as “Separation Day,” the holiday commemorates Panama’s secession from Colombia in 1903. Panama City was filled with day-long events, although much of the population vacated for the beaches. The celebration comes in the middle of a flurry of Panamanian holidays, including Día de los Difuntos (Day of the Dead, Nov. 2), Flag Day (Nov. 4),  Colón Day (Nov. 5), and a second Independence Day (from Spain) on Nov. 28. In a letter from John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state said, “The Republic of Panama has much to celebrate this year. You marked the 100-year anniversary of the Panama Canal. Your government created the Panama Bilingue initiative which will significantly increase educational exchanges between our two nations. And you inaugurated a new president after a spirited campaign. … On this day of celebration, I send best wishes to all Panamanians. Felicidades!” Facebook Commentslast_img