Day 358 of 365 Things To Do in Panama
Day 358 of 365 Things To Do in Panama. Prepare Your Christmas Feast and Celebration!
Photo: The Visitor Panama
In Panama, the Christmas celebrations are a blend of Spanish, U.S.A., African and indigenous customs. Christmas Eve is the height of the celebration. It is spent cleaning the home and preparing food. Panamanian families gather in their home, often making the rounds to homes of family and friends, listening to music and illuminating the sky with fireworks waiting for midnight.
Christmas is ushered in by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas - in person or by phone and presents are opened. Many people also attend a church service. The feasting begins with traditional Panamanian food such as pavo (turkey), or roasted piglet and relleno (stuffing), arroz dulce and tamales (a cornmeal made into a paste with arturo sauce, meats, capers, prunes, and spices wrapped in plantain leaves and boiled). Fruitcake is also popular.