In most countries of the world celebrate Christmas and the end of the year, each in a different, peculiar and unique way. Each culture is essential to each of its inhabitants, and more to make them endure over the years.
Christmas in Panama. How do you celebrate?
December 24 for Panamanians is a special day where they share as a family with rich food and decorations. They are very cheerful and love to have a good time, especially on those particular dates where the whole family gathers to celebrate.
Celebrate with tamales, potato salad, turkey, ham, rice with chicken, and bread thread. They also eat roast pork and fruit candy.
Most Panamanians get Christmas with their painted houses. It’s a family-friendly tradition to paint.
At Christmas, you can not miss the typical ornaments with cute colors and lights all over the house and outside it, adorning windows and doors.
Christmas Tree and Birth:
The trees with beautiful decorations and full of lights that can not be missed. Most commonly, it is placed in the finer of November. Also, the birth representing the arrival of the baby Jesus using different materials for his elaboration and a lot of creativity.
– Traditional Christmas Inns:
It is widespread to see at Christmas the pilgrimage that takes place 9 days before Christmas. Several families dress up as St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary and go from house to house and sing Christmas songs.
New Year’s Eve in Panama How do you celebrate?
Another grand celebration enjoyed by Panamanians is the arrival of December 31 to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one. Of course, with the party, luxury, traditional food, and rituals.
Sumptuous dinner and traditional drink:
Turkey is one of the dishes they enjoy during the new year’s eve. Besides, they eat ham with pineapple and cherry; and Christmas food. When it comes to drinking, it has a very traditional so-called “saril.” This is a drink made with petals from an African flower, “Hibiscus sabdariffa.”
Red or yellow clothing and elegance:
They have a tradition of wearing red underwear to attract love in the new year, and if they want to improve the economy, they wear yellow. Likewise, they wear the best clothes or buy, especially something new to release that night.
Going out with suitcases to the street:
Panamanians go out with a bag with some clothes inside to tour the neighborhood at 12 p.m.
Grapes and luck:
They eat 12 grapes, one with each bell. The ritual is to gather all the seeds, and the quantity will be the lucky number for the new year.
After 12 o’clock, you begin to listen and watch the fireworks celebrating the arrival of the new year. A magnificent spectacle of lights and colors.