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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Panama public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of October 2019, and covering calendar year 2019 Panama public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Panama public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Oct
  • 13
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  • Panama Mulls December 20 Public Holiday

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - Panama's Committee on Labor, Health and Social Development of the National Assembly, has introduced the draft bill No. 261, which would declare December 20 of each year, from 2020, as a National Day of Mourning throughout Panama.
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  • Aug
  • 8
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  • Panama August 2019 Public Holiday Decision

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - Panama's Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (Mitradel) has issued a communique confirming that there would be no change o the scope of the 2019 anniversary of the founding of Panama City annual public holiday of Panama, despite its extension to a nationwide status, on account of 2019 being its 500th anniversary, had been mentioned by Panama's Vice-President, José Gabriel Carrizo.
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  • Aug
  • 5
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  • Panama Mulls August 2019 Public Holidays Extension

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - Panama's Vice-President of the Republic, José Gabriel Carrizo, is reported to still be undecided as to whether to extend the scope of the upcoming, August 15, 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City, to be observed nationwide, instead of being limited to the region of Panama City as is usually the case.
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  • Jan
  • 7
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  • Panama 2019 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 2019 ("Días feriados no laborables de la red ACH").
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  • Jan
  • 4
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  • Panama January Public Holiday Change Ruled-Out

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - The government of Panama has ruled-out, moving the date of upcoming, Día de la Soberanía, non-working public holiday of Panama.
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2018

  • Apr
  • 24
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 11
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  • 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").
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2017

  • Nov
  • 2
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 30
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 27
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 10
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  • 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.
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  • Feb
  • 3
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  • 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.
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2016

  • Dec
  • 12
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 25
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 31
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 4
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  • 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.
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2015

  • Oct
  • 29
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 3
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  • 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.
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  • Apr
  • 27
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 25
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 9
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  • 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.
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2014

  • Nov
  • 30
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  • Panama Announces Mid-Week Public Holidays Amendments

    Gaceta Oficial Ministerio de la Presidencia (Panama City) - Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela, has announced that he would take measures so that the annual non-working public holiday of Panama on November 28, Día de la Independencia de Panamá de España, would also never again be moved from its set date.
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  • Nov
  • 8
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  • Panama Public Holiday December 1

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli, has issued a decree based on the Ley 70 del 2007 que modificó el artículo 47 del Código de Trabajo, which announces that the upcoming annual, November 28, non-working public holiday in Panama will, once again, be moved, this time to Monday, December 1st, 2014.
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  • Apr
  • 29
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  • Panama May 5 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - The Department of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior of Panama, has announced that it has ruled-out the previously-discussed move of the upcoming May 1st annual Panamanian non-working public holiday, this year, from Thursday, May 1st, 2014, to Monday, May 5, 2014.
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  • Apr
  • 21
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  • Panamanian Public Holiday July 1st

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - The date of the upcoming Presidential inauguration, Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, has been declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in Panama.
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  • Mar
  • 12
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 18
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  • 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.
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2013

  • Nov
  • 7
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 15
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 2
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  • 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.
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  • Apr
  • 18
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  • 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.
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2012

  • Dec
  • 31
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 30
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  • 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.
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  • Sep
  • 15
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  • 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.
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  • Apr
  • 27
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  • 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.
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2011

  • Dec
  • 6
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  • Panama 2012 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 2012.
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  • Oct
  • 26
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  • Panama Public Holiday On November 4

    Gaceta Oficial Ministerio de la Presidencia (Panama City) - A communique from Panama's Secretaría de Comunicación de Estado has announced that Friday, November 4, 2011, would be an official public holiday.
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2010

  • Dec
  • 23
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  • Panama Declares Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli, has issued a decree declaring nationwide public sector holidays on Friday, December 24, and Friday, December 31, 2010.
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  • Mar
  • 25
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  • Panama Declares Maundy Thursday Public Sector Holiday

    La Estrella (Panamá City) - Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli, has signed the Decreto Ejecutivo No. 214, which declares the afternoon of Thursday, April 1st, 2010, as a one-off public sector holiday, beginning at noon.
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2009

  • Oct
  • 27
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  • Panama Makes November 4 A Public Holiday

    TVN Noticias (Panamá City) - A communique from Panama's Secretaría de Comunicación de Estado has announced that Wednesday, November 4, 2009, would be an official public holiday.
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  • Jun
  • 15
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  • Panama Could Move More Public Holidays

    Asamblea Nacional de Panamá (Ciudad de Panamá) - Panama's Parliamentary Labour Commission has approved, in first reading, Bill 510, which would modify Article 46 of Panama's Labour Code and extend the number of Panamanian public holidays whose date is fixed by the días puentes method.
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  • Apr
  • 24
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  • Panama Drops May Day Bridge Public Holiday

    La Estrella (Ciudad de Panamá) - Panama's President, Martín Torrijos, has decided not to move the upcoming May 1st public holiday to the following Monday, May 4th, 2009.
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  • Apr
  • 21
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  • Panama Considering Moving Labour Day Public Holiday

    La Estrella (Ciudad de Panamá) - The government of Panama is reported to be still hesitating to move the upcoming Labour Day public holiday from Friday, May 1st, to Monday, May 4th, 2009, under the días puente system.
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  • Jan
  • 9
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  • Panama Announces Dates Of Presidential Inauguration

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - The date of the upcoming Presidential inauguration has been announced as Wednesday, July 1st, 2009. Inauguration day is an official public holiday in Panama.
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2008

  • Dec
  • 23
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  • Panama Announces 2009 Regional Public Holidays

    Ministerio de Gobierno y Justicia (Panama City) - Panama's Ministerio de Gobierno y Justicia has released the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Panama for 2009 (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 2009).
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  • Dec
  • 14
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  • Panama Declares December 26 and January 2 Public Sector Holidays

    La Estrella (Panama City) - Panama's President, Martín Torrijos, declared 2 one-off, year-end bridge public holidays for the public sector, on Friday, December 26, 2008, and on Friday, January 2, 2009.
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  • Oct
  • 30
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  • Panama Amends November 4 Public Holiday For 2008

    Gaceta Oficial (Ministerio de la Presidencia) - On October 29, Panama's President, Martín Torrijos Espino, signed Executive Decree 416, making Tuesday, November 4, 2008, a public holiday for all government agencies at the national and municipal level.
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  • Aug
  • 20
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  • Panama Declares Olympic Medal Public Holiday

    El Sendero del Peje (Panamá) - Panama's President, Martín Torrijos Espino, has declared Thursday, August 21, 2008, a one-off public holiday to celebrate the return on Panamanian soil of Irving Saladino, the first Olympic gold medalist of Panama's history.
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  • Apr
  • 19
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  • Panama Labour Day 2008 To Remain On May 1st

    La Prensa - Panama's Secretary of State for Communication announced that the upcoming 2008 Labour Day public holiday would be observed on its traditional set date of May 1st.
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  • Jan
  • 3
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  • Panama Long Weekends Public Holidays Gazetted

    Gaceta Oficial (Ministerio de la Presidencia) - The bill restoring the mechanism of días puente (bridge holidays) to some of Panama's public holidays has finally been gazetted in the Gaceta No. 25950 del 2 de enero de 2008.
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2007

  • Dec
  • 30
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  • Panama's President Signs Long Weekends Public Holidays Bill Into Law

    PA-Digital - The bill restoring the mechanism of días puente (bridge holidays) to some of Panama's public holidays was signed into law earlier this week by President, Martín Torrijos.
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  • Dec
  • 6
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  • Panama Declares Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - The Ministry of the Interior of Panama has published the Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 742 which declares Monday, December 24, and Monday, December 31, 2007, as one-off public sector holidays.
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  • Nov
  • 29
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  • Panama Bridge Public Holidays Reform Law Passed

    Crítica en Linea - Bill 351 which aims to restore bridge holidays (días puente), has been passed after its third and final floor vote.
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  • Nov
  • 22
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  • Panama Vote On Bridge Public Holidays Reform Postponed Until Monday

    Crítica en Linea + La Prensa - The Chamber of Deputies has postponed to next Monday, the third and last reading of the bill to move some mid-week fixed-date public holidays to the nearest Monday.
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  • Nov
  • 21
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  • Panama's Independence Day May Finally Move To November 26

    Critica en Linea + La Prensa - The bill aiming to move some mid-week fixed-date public holidays to a nearby weekend passed a second reading, and tourism organizations have begun to petition the President so that a Presidential decree be issued immediately.
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  • Nov
  • 17
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  • Panama's Independence Day Public Holiday May Move To December 3

    El Panamá América - An emergency session of the legislative assembly has been called to vote the law re-establishing días puente (moving mid-week fixed-date public holidays to the following Monday).
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  • Nov
  • 3
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  • Panama: Tuesday November 6 Is A Regular Working Day

    La Estrella - The newspaper La Estrella, in a recent telephone conversation, confirmed to us that, despite reports to the contrary, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, would be a regular working day.
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  • Oct
  • 26
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  • Panama Declares November 2 Public Sector Holiday

    Presidencia de la República de Panamá (Panama City) - The Ministry of the Interior of Panama has published the Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 551 which declares a half-day public sector holiday, beginning at noon, on Friday, November 2nd, 2007.
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  • Oct
  • 14
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  • Panama Draft Law Reestablishing Long Week-End Public Holidays

    Telemetro - Parliament's Working Comission approved a draft law that would move to the nearest Monday, public holidays that occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with some exceptions.
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  • Sep
  • 17
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  • Panama Minister Announces Support For Return To Moveable Public Holidays

    La Prensa - Minister of Tourism, Rubén Blades, has announced that he was in favor of the return of the practice of moving fixed date public holidays to adjoin a weekend so as to have long weekends on the occasion of public holidays.
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  • Sep
  • 2
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  • Panama Declares September 3 Public Holiday

    La Estrella - Earlier today, the government of Panama declared Monday, September 3, 2007, as a one-off public holiday for all government workers and both private and public schools, to coincide with the ceremonies for the launch of a 6-year, massive, construction project that will enlarge the Panama Canal.
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  • Aug
  • 25
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  • Panama's Proposed Return To Long Weekend Public Holidays Gaining Momentum

    Panamá América - The lobbying effort to restore the practice of moving Panama's fixed-date public holidays to the nearest Monday or Friday, is gaining momentum.
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  • Aug
  • 8
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  • Panama Business Wants Public Holidays Moved Back To Fridays and Mondays

    La Estrella - Next weekend, business leaders will formally request that President Martín Torrijos Espino restore the so called "días puentes" or "fines de semanas largos" system, in place from 1996 to 2000.
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1999

  • Dec
  • 14
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  • Panama Canal Handover Day A Public Holiday

    La Nación (Ciudad de Panamá) - At today's official ceremonies leading to the December 31 handover of the Panama Canal, the government of President Mireya Moscoso announced that the date, Friday, December 31, 1999, would be a one-off public holiday (fue declarado de asueto).
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  • Nov
  • 1
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  • Panama Revokes Long Weekend Public Holidays Decree

    Asamblea Legislativa (Panama) - Late last month, Panama's Legislative Assembly passed the law, "Ley 51 que deroga el Decreto Ley Nº 8 de 1997, que estableció los días puentes y modifica el Articulo 46 del Código de Trabajo 03-X-1999", which abrogates the system of días puentes public holidays.
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1998

  • Dec
  • 1
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  • Panama Abandons Movable Public Holidays Bill

    Crítica en Línea (Panama City) - The Vice-President of Panama's Legislative Assembly, Juan Peralta, has announced that the recently introduced bill abrogating the "días puentes" (long weekend public holidays) would neither be debated, let alone approved.
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1997

  • Jul
  • 4
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  • Panama Institutes Long Weekend Public Holidays

    Asamblea Legislativa (Panama) - Panama's President, Ernesto Pérez Balladares, has issued an Executive Decree (Decreto Ley Nº8 del 2 de junio 1997, que Establecio los Dias Puentes y Modifica el Articulo 46 del Codigo de Trabajo) which moves some fixed-date public holidays to the nearest weekend.
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See also: Panama bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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