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Easter in Panama

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 09:07

In America we've pretty much stripped Easter Sunday of it's religious significance. Instead we've replaced it with the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts. This is not the case in Panama. Easter is a whole week of reflection. Semana Santa is a somber and reflective time. You can't buy liquor between midnight Wednesday and midnight Sunday, and loud music is illegal, so people escape to the beach to party. Each church has its own procession on Long Friday night.

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Easter is Indeed a Very Religious Event

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:18

Easter is definately a deeply religious event in Panama. Every day of "holy week" different churches have parades throughout the country.

On Good Friday, a number of the churches join together for a very large Parade in Panama City. This parade is full of marching bands, costumes and elaborately decorated floats.

Thousands of people come out to watch, and to worship. It is an amazing experience to see.

I have a slide show below.

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