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Panama bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the next 9 months of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Panama Public Holidays in 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Mon New Year's Holiday
        Mon Martyrs' Day (Duelo Nacional)
Feb.    Mon Carnaval (Shrove Monday) Banks
        Tue Carnaval (Mardi Gras)
Mar.  1 Wed Carnaval (Ash Wednesday) Banks
Apr. 14 Fri Good Friday (Duelo Nacional)
May   1 Mon Labor Day
Aug. 15 Tue Panama La Vieja Day Regional
Nov.  3 Fri Independence Day (Separación de Panamá de Colombia)
      4 Sat Flag Day (Día de los Símbolos de la Nación) Bnk+Gov
      5 Sun Colon Day (Conmemoración Patriótica en la Ciudad de Colón)
      6 Mon Colon Day Holiday
     10 Fri Los Santos Uprising Day
     28 Tue Independence Day (Independencia de Panamá de España)
Dec.    Fri Mothers' Day
        Mon Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates

03 Feb 2017 Panama 2017 Bank Holidays Announced (Banco Nacional de Panamá-Panama City) The Banco Nacional de Panamá has released its annual list of bank holidays and public holidays in Panama for the calendar year 2017.  12 Dec 2016 Panamanian 2016-2017 Year-End Public Holidays (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) A spokesperson for Panama's Presidency has announced that both Monday, December 26, 2016, and Monday, January 2, 2017, would be day in lieu non-working public holidays in Panama, on account of Christmas 2016 and New Year's Day 2017 falling on a Sunday.  25 Oct 2016 Panamanian Public Holidays November 2 and 4 (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, has issued 2 decrees (the "Decreto Ejecutivo No. 296 de 24 de octubre de 2016" and the "Decreto Ejecutivo No. 297 de 24 de octubre de 2016") which extend the number of, and observance of, the non-working public holidays in Panama for the month of November 2016.  31 Mar 2016 Panama May Day Public Holiday May 2nd (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) The government of Panama has issued a decree which, once again, moves the upcoming, Labour Day, non-working public holiday of Panama from Sunday, May 1st, 2016, to Monday, May 2, 2016.  04 Jan 2016 Panama 2016 Bank Holidays Announced (Banco Nacional de Panamá-Panama City) The Banco Nacional de Panamá has released its annual list of bank holidays and public holidays in Panama for the calendar year 2016.  29 Oct 2015 Panamanian November 2015 Public Holidays Extended (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela, has issued 2 decrees ("Decreto Ejecutivo No. 574 de 28 de octubre de 2015" and the "Decreto Ejecutivo No. 575 de 28 de octubre de 2015") which extend the number of, and observance of, the non-working public holidays in Panama for the month of November 2015.  03 Oct 2015 Panama October 5 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela, has issued an official statement ruling-out the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in Panama on Monday, October 5, 2015, following the declaration of a day of national mourning (Día de Duelo Nacional) on Sunday, October 4, 2015, to mourn the recent death of former Panamanian President, Eric Arturo Delvalle.  27 Apr 2015 Panama May 4 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) The Department of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of the Presidency of Panama, has announced that it has once again ruled-out a move of the upcoming May 1st annual Panamanian non-working public holiday, from Friday, May 1st, 2015, to Monday, May 4, 2015.  25 Mar 2015 Panama Public Holidays April 10-11 (Gaceta Oficial Ministerio de la Presidencia-Panama City) Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela, has declared Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, 2015, as one-off non-working public holidays on account of the upcoming Cumbre de las Américas being held on those days in Panama City.  09 Jan 2015 Panama 2015 Bank Holidays Announced (Banco Nacional de Panamá-Panama City) The Banco Nacional de Panamá has released its annual list of bank holidays in Panama for the calendar year 2015.  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: UnitedHealthcare Global (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. 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 2017 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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