Panama Public Holidays 2018


 
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Panama bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half of 2018, 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 2018 Observance*
Jan.    Mon New Year's Day
        Tue Martyrs' Day (Duelo Nacional)
Feb.    Mon Carnaval (Shrove Monday) Banks
        Tue Carnaval (Mardi Gras)
        Wed Carnaval (Ash Wednesday) Banks
Mar.    Fri Good Friday (Duelo Nacional)
May     Tue Labor Day
Aug. 15 Wed Panama La Vieja Day Regional
Nov.  3 Sat Independence Day (Separación de Panamá de Colombia)
      4 Sun Flag Day (Día de los Símbolos de la Nación) Bnk+Gov
      5 Mon Colon Day (Conmemoración Patriótica en la Ciudad de Colón)
     10 Sat Los Santos Uprising Day
     28 Wed Independence Day (Independencia de Panamá de España)
Dec.  8 Sat Mothers' Day
     25 Tue Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

24 Apr 2018 Panama April 30 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) The government of Panama, through its vice-minister of Labour, Zulphy Santamaría, ruled-out, either moving the upcoming, Labour Day, non-working public holiday of Panama from Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, to Monday, April 30, 2018, or the declaration of a bridge one-off non-working public holiday on Monday, April 30, 2018.  11 Jan 2018 Panama 2018 Bank Holidays Announced (Banco Nacional de Panamá-Panama City) The Banco Nacional de Panamá ("Entidad regulada y supervisada por la Superintendencia de Bancos de Panamá") has released its annual list of bank holidays and public holidays in Panama for the calendar year 2018 ("Días feriados no laborables de la red ACH").  02 Nov 2017 Panama Mulls November 2017 Public Holidays Changes (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's Ministro de Trabajo y Desarrollo Laboral (Mitradel) has finally announced that the upcoming, November 28, annual public holiday of Panama would be observed on its set date of November 28, in 2017, despite its earlier request that the National Assembly to re-establish the moveable status of the upcoming November 28, annual public holiday of Panama.  30 Oct 2017 Panamanian Public Holidays November 5-6 (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, has signed the "Decreto Ejecutivo 329" which declares Monday, November 6, 2017, as a non-working public holidays in Panama on account of the November 5th, Separación de Panamá de Colombia, annual public holiday of Panama falling on a Sunday in 2017.  27 Oct 2017 Panama Mulls November 2017 Public Holidays Changes (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's Ministro de Trabajo y Desarrollo Laboral (Mitradel), through its Minister, Luis Ernesto Carles, has announced that he would ask the National Assembly to re-establish the moveable status of the upcoming November 28, annual public holiday of Panama.  10 Oct 2017 Panamanian Public Holiday October 11 (Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, has declared tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, as a one-off public holiday in Panama to celebrate Panama's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018.  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.  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 2018 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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