November, The Month of the Motherland

Snapshot of a huge Panamanian flag decorating El Dorado Mall during the celebration of the 3rd of November; separation of Panama from Colombia. During this month, you will find Panama flags floating throughout the cities of the country. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

November is considered by its inhabitants as, “el mes de la patria” (the month of the motherland).  There are several important dates related to the political independence of the Republic of Panama during this month.

  1. November 3, 1903:  Separation of Panama from Colombia.
  2. November 4, 1903:  Day of the Panama flag.
  3. November 5, 1903:  Day of the City of Colón on the Atlantic Side, instrumental in the separation of Panama from Colombia.
  4. November 10, 1821:  First shout of independence by Rufina Alfaro against the Spaniards at La Villa de los Santos.
  5. November 28, 1821:  Independence of Panama from Spain with the courage and the sword of The Liberator, Simón Bolívar from Venezuela.

It is a month celebrated with bands, fireworks, parades and patriotic decorations throughout the country.  It is a very special month for the proud citizens of this narrow piece of land in the middle of the world.  “Que Viva la Patria!”  Good Day.

5 thoughts on “November, The Month of the Motherland”

  1. Omar:
    Le agradezco que pusiera esto aqui. Hay muchos americanos viviendo en Panama que tienen las fechas confundidas. Por ejemplo, en un blog vi que se referian a Noviembre 5 como si fuera el dia de la Raza o hispanidad (Octubre 12). Esperemos que mas gente lea esto y aclare las dudas.

  2. Let’s not forget about Mother’s Day coming up on the 8th of December. I like the fact that here it’s an ACTUAL holiday honoring our mothers whereas in the U.S. the day is relegated to a Sunday so that a working day isn’t disturbed. Certainly wouldn’t want to put mothers ahead of profits, would we? One of the things I appreciated about France and Spain, as here in Panama, is the people are more concerned with enjoying the QUALITY of their lives than with the all-consuming pursuit of the bottom line.

  3. I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen the Panamanian flag. I like the design – colorful and vibrant. I just read about the symbolism. It’s very interesting.

    As for Richard’s comments about our life and celebrations here in the US, I’ll simply say I disagree with his generalizations and let it go at that.

  4. Hi Linda:

    I’m happy that you liked our flag. It means so much to us. Panamanian people are very nationalistic. They show a lot of pride for their country, albeit sometimes it doesn’t show, but it’s there.

    I prefer to stay away from generalizations.



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