Panama Mother's Day in Panama in 2023

Panama Mother's Day in Panama in 2023

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Panama Mother's Day
  Dates of Panama Mother's Day in Panama
2024 Dec 8, Dec 9
PanamaMon, Dec 9National Holiday (in lieu)
PanamaSun, Dec 8National Holiday
2023 Panama Fri, Dec 8 National Holiday
2022 Panama Thu, Dec 8 National Holiday
2021 Panama Wed, Dec 8 National Holiday
2020 Panama Tue, Dec 8 National Holiday

Mother's Day in Panama is a national holiday, celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

  Local name
Dia de la Madre
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When is Mother's Day in Panama?

On December 8th each year, Panama has a national public holiday for Mother's Day.

This holiday is similar in traditions to Mother's Day in other countries with the notable differences that it is a public holiday and it is celebrated intentionally on the same day as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

History of Mother's Day in Panama

A day to honour mothers was first celebrated in Panama on May 11th 1924 and was established by the Rotary Club of Panama. President Belisario Porras declared it as a national holiday.

In 1930, Hercilia de Arosemena, the wife of the president at the time, suggested that 8 December was a more fitting date than May for the holiday. Panama was and remains a predominantly Roman Catholic country, so associating Mother's Day with a holy day that already celebrated Mary, the mother of Jesus was seen as apt.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

This day is the date when Mary was conceived, and preserved from original sin all of her life.

Mother's Day is intended to honour all woman and mothers. As it is on the same day as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the day will start with a family trip to Church.

On Mother's Day, mothers will receive presents from their family, such as flowers, chocolates, cooking a traditional meal or giving thank-you letters and poems. Many mothers will also be given the day off - with their usual chores being done by other family members.

How is Mother's Day in Panama celebrated?

Unlike Mother's Day in other countries, it is a national holiday in Panama, so banks and government offices as well as other commercial establishments will be closed.

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