"Dry Law" In Effect Today, 2 November 2010 - The Day of the Dead
Tuesday, November 02 2010 @ 01:37 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Literally translated as the "Day of the Dead" - it's really more like a kind of Memorial Day to remember deceased parents, family members, relatives, and friends. The adoption of this "dry law" every year is routine and normal in Panama. Today everyone takes bunches of flowers and places them on the graves of their deceased family members. This week marks the start of the Panamanian holiday season, which continues from now through Easter (Semana Santa). From here we go through the "Fiestas Patrias" which are like Independence Day Celebrations. Starting today with the "Day of the Dead", tomorrow 3 November is "Separation Day" to mark the creation of the Republic of Panama with their separation from Colombia on 3 November 1903. Next comes "Flag Day" on 4 November, "Colon Day" on 5 November, "The Uprising in the Villa de Los Santos" on 10 November, and then Independence Day on 28 November. All of this means no work gets done this month. Then in December we start with Mother's day (8 December), Christmas, New Years, Marty's Day (9 Jan), Carnival (4 to 8 March 2011), and finally Holy Week (Easter on 24 April 2011.) And, the dry season kicks in on or about 15 December or so, and it runs through the middle of April, so everyone schedules their annual vacation during the "summer" (dry season) when the kids are out of school.