Memorabilia of a Roman Catholic First Comunion

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.

A reminder of the First Comunion event of Lucas Días, one of my wife’s nephews. Macro shot taken with a compact Canon PowerShot A720 IS camera. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

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


4 thoughts on “Memorabilia of a Roman Catholic First Comunion”

  1. Hi there Barbara,

    Good morning. Nice and cool outside. Birds are singing outside my home office window. Lovely!

    Yes, as well as the States, Panama is a melting pot—different races with different religions peacefully coexisting with each other.

    I’m developing an enchanting relationship with macro photography and my P&S camera. There are more pictures in the pipeline.

    Take Care,


  2. When I was a young Methodist, our preparation for First Communion was eight weeks or so. It might have stretched out over Lent, because we had our First Communion on Easter. Other traditions here, like the Lutheran, have instruction that sometimes goes as long as two years. The lUtherans always have loved study, though — I suppose that’s part of Martin Luther’s legacy, too.

    One of the most interesting Polish traditions here is the sharing of Oplatke at Christmas. While they are made in the same way as the host, they are generally shared among family members and friends, are don’t require the blessing of a priest. I had Polish friends who always had them. You can read a little about them here.

  3. Studying different cultures is so interesting. Even though we all believe in one God, the way we worship Him is so different depending on the religious community.

    I find the Jews’ ceremonies most interesting. There is so much tradition in how they worship God.



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