Public Holidays and Local Ferias

The Local Ferias are not for the faint hearted, be prepared for a multi sensory experience with a good dose of Rum!


Panama, like the rest of Latin America, enjoys it's fair share of National holidays but there are also a good few Local ones too, especially the Feria (local fair) that you should know about if you are travelling here. During Public holidays most businesses will close and this will include supermarkets and other public services so it's important to be aware of the dates and prepare accordingly.

Festivities of the year 2018

1 January New Year
8 January Martyrs Day - Holiday
9 January Day of the Martyrs - Historical Day

10 February Carnival
11 February Carnival
12 February Carnival
13th February Carnival 
14 February  Ash

29 March Holy
30 March Good Friday
31 March Holy Saturday

1 April Sunday of Resurrection

1 May Labor Day

15 August Foundation of Panama la Vieja

3 November Separation of Panama from Colombia
4 November Flag Day
5 November Patriotic Commemoration in the city of Colón
10 November First Scream of Independence
26 November Independence of Panama from Spain - Holiday
28 November Independence of Panama from Spain - Historical Day

8 December Mother's Day December
24 Noche Buena December
25 Christmas December
31 New Year's Eve Party