Day 332 of 365 Things To Do in Panama

Day 332 of 365 Things To Do in Panama. Commemorate Independence from Spain!

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If you missed the earlier celebrations of November you still have the opportunity to join in as Panama celebrates its Independence from Spain, Each year November 28th is recognized as a public holiday commemorating the Independence of Panama from Spain.

This was accomplished through a bloodless revolt between November 10 -28, 1821. Seizing the opportunity, when the Spanish governor left Panama to march on rebellious Ecuadorians, José de Fábrega led a push for independence. Rebels in the small town of Villa de Los Santos made the first declaration for independence and the movement quickly spread to the capital. Fearing that Spain would retake the country, the rebels quickly joined the Republic of Gran Colombia, according to Wikipedia.com.

Panamanians celebrate the holiday with big parades, traditional folklore dancing in the streets with both adults and children dressing in the traditional costume - a pollera and montuno. Street vendors with be selling food and beverages.

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