The official religion of Panama is Roman Catholic.
The government of Panama does not collect statistics on the religious affiliation of citizens, but various sources estimate that 75 to 85 percent of the population identifies itself as Roman Catholic and 15–25 percent as evangelical Christian. The Baháí Faith community of Panama is estimated at 2.00 percent of the national population, or about 60,000 including about 10 percent of the Gnobe Buglé population; the Bahá’ís maintain one of the world’s seven Bahái Houses of Worship in Panama. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) claim more than 40,000 members. Smaller religious groups include Seventh-day Adventists, Johovah’s Witnesses, Espiscopalians with between 7,000 and 10,000 members, Jewish and Muslim communities with approximately 10,000 members each, Hindus, Buddhists, and other Christians. Indigenous religions include Ibeorgun (among Kuna) and Mamatata (among Ngnobe). There are also a small number of Rastafarians.
An important ceremony in the Roman Catholic religion is the First Comunion, where the practitioner receives Jesus Christ for the very first time. One year of preparation precedes the event which is taken very seriously by Panamanian families.
A few months ago, Lucas Díaz, one of my wife’s nephews, received his First Comunion. Below is a memorabilia of this religious event distributed by the parents of Lucas.
I’m amazed at how well this modest P&S camera handles close-up pictures competing with higher-priced devices. Good Day.
Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia