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Executive Order Moves Holiday Celebration Dates For November

History & ReferenceBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - President Ricardo Martinelli has issued an executive order to establish the schedules for public offices during the upcoming holidays. All government, municipal, and public offices will be closed at 12:00 noon on 2 November 2012, in recognition of the "Day of the Dead." This year Panama's Independence Day (3 November) falls on a Sunday. The measure, contained in Executive Decree No. 966 of 30 October 2012 was also signed by Jorge Ricardo Fabrega in his capacity as Minister of Government. The order also specifies that the National Flag will be flown at half-mast on that day.

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.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Executive Order Moves Holiday Celebration Dates For November
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 31 2012 @ 08:50 PM UTC

Just wondering, where is suntracs and other rabble rousers to protest and throw stones at this decree?

Executive Order Moves Holiday Celebration Dates For November
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, November 01 2012 @ 03:30 AM UTC

this comment refers to this article and to a previous one on the Fiestas Patrias which appeared in P-G in 2004. My comment: thanks to 2004 contributor (Nicki, I think), for explaining so well the difference between Panama's "independence" day (celebrated on November 28) and "separation" day (celebrated on November 3). I had learnt the difference as a boy at school in Panama, but have the impression that it is now being forgotten and people are not sure of what independence they are talking about. Panama, in fact, separted from Colombia with U.S. support. This was a very different event from becoming independent of Spanish rule, which was similar to the U.S. becoming independent of British rule.

Executive Order Moves Holiday Celebration Dates For November
Authored by: rjm65 on Thursday, November 01 2012 @ 08:52 PM UTC

A very minor detail, but November 3rd falls on a Saturday this year, not Sunday.