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Panama bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

April ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
* Thu Maundy Thursday Banks
Fri Good Friday (Duelo Nacional)
* Sat Holy Saturday Banks
Thu Labor Day (may move to May 5th)
* Tue Public Holiday (Presidential Inauguration Day) (tentative)
* Fri Panama La Vieja Day Regional
Mon Independence Day (Separación de Panamá de Colombia)
* Tue Flag Day Bnk+Gov
Wed Colon Day (Conmemoración Patriótica en la Ciudad de Colón)
Mon Los Santos Uprising Day
Mon Independence Holiday (Independencia de Panamá de España)
Mon Mothers' Day
* Wed Christmas Eve Banks
Thu Christmas Day
* Wed New Year's Eve Banks
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Recent News and Updates

12 Mar 2014 Panama Mulls May Day Public Holiday Move (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) The government of Panama, through its Secretaría de Prensa de Estado, has announced that it is considering once again moving the upcoming, Labour Day, this year, from Thursday, May 1st, 2014, to Monday, May 5, 2014.  18 Jan 2014 Panama 2014 Bank Holidays Announced (Banco Nacional de Panamá-Panama City) The Banco Nacional de Panamá has released the list of annual bank holidays in Panama for the calendar year 2014.  07 Nov 2013 Panama Public Holiday December 2 (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli, has issued a decree (Decreto Ejecutivo No. 821) which announces that the upcoming annual, November 28, non-working public holiday in Panama will, once again, be moved to Monday, December 2, 2013.  15 Oct 2013 Panama 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Gaceta Oficial Ministerio de la Presidencia-Panama City) Panama's government has released the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Panama for the upcoming calendar year 2014.  02 Oct 2013 Panama Mid-Week Public Holidays Amended (Gaceta Oficial Ministerio de la Presidencia-Panama City) Panama's government cabinet (Consejo de Gabinete) has approved a resolution removing the annual, January 9, non-working public holiday in Panama, from the list of movable, mid-week, dias puentes public holidays set out 5 years ago.  18 Apr 2013 Panama May Day Public Holiday Moved To April 29 (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) The government of Panama, through its Secretaría de Prensa de Estado, has announced that once again the upcoming, Labour Day, non-working public holiday, had been moved, this year from Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, to Monday, April 29, 2013.  31 Dec 2012 Panama Public Holiday January 7 (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli, has issued a decree (Decreto Ejecutivo 1109, del 28 de diciembre de 2012) which declares Monday, January 7, 2013, as nationwide non-working public holiday in Panama.  30 Oct 2012 Panama November 2012 Public Holidays Changes (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli, has issued a decree (Decreto Ejecutivo 966 del 30 de octubre de 2012) which announced moved and additional non-working public holidays in Panama for the month of November 2012.  15 Sep 2012 Panama 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Gaceta Oficial Ministerio de la Presidencia-Panama City) Panama's government has released the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Panama for the upcoming calendar year 2013.  27 Apr 2012 Panama Public Holiday Moved To April 30 (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) The government of Panama has announced that the upcoming, Labour Day, non-working public holiday, had been moved from Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, to Monday, April 30, 2012.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Panama public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Public holidays in Panama are governed by article 46 of the Labour Code (Decreto del Gabinete 252 por el cual se aprueba el Código de Trabajo), as amended by Law 46 of November 14, 1962, law 4 of June 25, 1990, law 51 of October 30, 1999, law 55 of November 7, 2001, and law 70 of December 2007 (Ley núm. 70 que modifica el Código del Trabajo, Gaceta Oficial, 2008-01-02, núm. 25950).  Carnaval: The Carnival celebrations in Panama run from the Saturday before Ash Wednesday until Ash Wednesday. Banks and financial institutions are closed from Shrove Monday to Ash Wednesday, but officially, the non-banking sector only has the day before Ash Wednesday as a public holiday. However, many Panamanians work extra hours in the weeks that precede Carnaval to be able to have Carnaval Monday and Wednedsday off.  Regional and Municipal public holidays: Each district and municipality has a local public holiday for either its patron saint day or the anniversary of its foundation. The list is published annually, usually in January, by an executive decree named "Por el cual se declaran feriados los días del Santo Patrono y de la Fundación de varias poblaciones de la República de Panamá, durante el año XXXX".  Compulsory Public Holidays: The Código del Trabajo classifies compulsory public holidays (descanso obligatorio) into 2 origins or categories; those of national mourning (por duelo nacional) and those of national holiday (por fiesta nacional). January 9 and Good Friday belong to the first category,all others belong to the second category.  Inauguration Day: The day of a Presidential inauguration is also listed in the compulsory national public holidays. The next presidential elections in Panama are expected to take place on May 2, 2009, with the inauguration having happenend on the subsequent September 1st, both in 1999 and 2004 .  Carnival: Although Carnaval is celebrated from the Saturday to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, only the Tuesday is a public holiday. However, trying to conduct business on Carnival Monday is not recommended.  Banks are open from Monday to Saturday, inclusively, except if there is a public holiday.  Panama International Codes PA and PAN (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .pa (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Panama information and news: ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Panama maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Panama), and Wikipedia (includes Panama commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Panama, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. For more information, see our pages on the religious calendars of the world. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Panama, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Panama, before planning any trip to Panama. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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