Executive Order Moves Holiday Celebration Dates For November
Wednesday, October 31 2012 @ 08:13 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
The government also decided to transfer the mandatory national holiday (day off of work) from November 28 (a Wednesday) to November 26 (a Monday) in order to give everyone a three day weekend. Panama celebrates it's Independence from Spain on 28 November. The same Decree No. 967 orders the closure of all national and municipal government offices and private offices on Monday, 26 November 2012, and states that the civic and official commemorations for the November 28 holiday should be held as is tradition on the same date.
Editor's Comment: Governments around the world do this sort of thing all the time, in order to "create" a three day weekend. Of course in Panama, November is one of the rainiest months of the year, and it's "tradition" for the marchers in the parades to get soaked, at least once.