Public Holidays in Panama

Public holidays

Public holidays in Panama list. Below are National public holidays in Panama .

Public holidays in Panama
Public holidays in Panama

These are Panama public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Panama as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Panama with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


The Republic of Panama is a country located on the isthmus that connects Central and South America. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through its center, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and providing an important shipping route. Modern skyscrapers, casinos, and nightclubs contrast with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park in Panama City.

Employees in Panama have 13 paid public holidays. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.

Employees are given time off to celebrate the Presidential Inauguration, which occurs every five years, in addition to the 13 statutory public holidays. Employees who are required to work on a public holiday are paid double their regular salary, a practice known as double time.

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The Canal Zone, over which the United States had previously exercised sovereignty, was incorporated into Panama on October 1, 1979, with the US retaining responsibility for the operation of the Panama Canal and the use of land in the zone for canal maintenance until the year 2000.

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Panama observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Panama Public Holidays

In the Panama , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Panama as a holiday.

Every year on a Panama public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

Below are the list of upcoming official Panama public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

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Holidays in Panama

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Jan 09: Martyr’s Day

Feb 15: Carnival Monday

Feb 16: Mardi Gras

Carnival Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent

Mardi Gras

Feb 17: Ash Wednesday

Apr 02: Holy Friday

May 01: Labor Day

Nov 03: Separation Day

Nov 04: Flag Day

Nov 05: Colon Day

Nov 10: Los Santos Uprising Day

Nov 28: Independence Day

Nov 29: Independence Day (in lieu)

Dec 08: Panama Mother’s Day

Dec 25: Christmas Day

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Panama happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Panama public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Panama gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Panama or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.