The Panama Holiday, December 8th, Mothers Day
In Panama, Mother’s Day is celebrated on December 8, the same day as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In 1930 the then President of Panama’s wife suggested that December 8 be adopted as Mother’s Day. The law was officially passed that year, making December 8th a national holiday.
What you don’t know is that Mothers Day here is celebrated a little differently than in the United States. Because of the holidays close proximity to Christmas, women here use the day as we do, Black Friday. In essence, they go shopping. Now I only received this information from others who warned us NOT to go anywhere on Friday here. Evidently they celebrate it on the 7th which is Friday this year, even though the official date is Saturday the 8th.
We were told that every woman and her entire family goes shopping. You can’t get in or out of downtown. The grocery stores are packed. The traffic is terrible and the crowds are miserable. Everyone comes into town from all the smaller communities, shops, eats and goes home. I don’t know what the men are doing while all the women are shopping.