Christmas in Boquete

18 Dec

It is a big event, a gift giving and feasting event for most people. It is also a religious event for many. Unlike the United States, Panama has a state religion enshrined in it’s Constitution. Panama is a Catholic country and despite having total freedom of religion, government here can and does become actively involved in the celebration of this seasonal event.

Boquete Christmas tree under construction.

Boquete Christmas tree under construction.

Early in December  municipal workers started erecting Boquete’s Christmas tree. It is a massive artificial tree near the central park. (Note the ‘ROMERO’ sign in the distance…this is our main local grocery source.)

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It did not take too long to have the wire frame covered with green and the first ribbons in place. The final product is pictured below.

The finished product.

The finished product.

The celebration of Navidad (Christmas) comes only four days after Winter Solstice this year and hence only four days after the theoretical end of the Mayan calendar and ‘the world’. Assuming we all survive the event of the solstice or more likely the many parties scheduled for that day, we will be able to enjoy a Christmas in Boquete.
Panamanian families celebrate at midnight Christmas Eve. If you are here and awake don’t be shocked when the sky lights up with midnight fireworks Christmas Eve. Boquete will have it’s traditional Christmas Parade this year. It will be held Christmas Day starting at six PM Panama lento (slow)  time. New acquaintances  verified this with the Municipo .   The parade is supposed to be great fun. We’re invited to bring a Santa hat and join the joy of the season.

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