Contributed by: Don WinnerBy 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.
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