Nov 4, 2012

Fiestas Patrias weekend

November  3rd, 4th, and 5th are Panamanian holidays wherein the country demonstrates its patriotism and independence, primarily by way of parades in all parts of the country.  Government buildings are draped in banners of red, white, and blue and school children everywhere participate in parades.  November 3rd is the day of independence or separation from Colombia, November 4th is Patriotic Symbols Day and November 5th is the day of withdrawal of Colombian troops from the city of Colon.  (Note:  Nov. 4th used to be called Flag Day, but Law 2 of Jan. 3, 2012 changed the name from Flag Day to Patriotic Symbols Day---no idea why.)
November 2nd is also observed as a national day of mourning and remembrance of loved ones who've passed away.