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Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 09:10 PM EST

"Semana Santa" (Holy Week) Coming Up in Panama

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Don't forget next week is "Semana Santa" (Holy Week) in Panama. Everything will be closed starting on either Wednesday, April 8th or Thursday, April 9th. Good Friday is on 10 April and Easter Sunday is 12 April. Being a Catholic country most Panamanians take these celebrations relatively seriously and there are events and processions held at churches throughout the city. They do things very differently than in the United States, so don't expect a whole lot of Easter Egg hunts or Spring Bonnets or any of that kind of stuff. Others who are less religiously devote just head to the interior for another very long weekend off. Expect sales of alcoholic beverages to be restricted during this time. Also, if you need to get anything done in a public office you might want to do it now, or be prepared to wait until after the holy week holidays. Most stores and shopping centers will be open and operating. Pesach will occur on the following days of the Gregorian calendar: Jewish Year 5769: sunset April 8, 2009 - nightfall April 16, 2009. The good news is that once this holiday is out of the way there's no really significant periods of time off until next November when it starts all over again. Well, the elections will be held next month so there's that as well...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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