It is a tradition in Panama, that when a child is baptized by a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, there is a small reception at the parents’ home.  Delicious meals are served and “recordatorios” are distributed to those present.  Recordatorios are souveniers given to family members and friends to celebrate and remember the blessed religious event.

Recently, Dana was christened at the age of two in a church near her house, and following the tradition, their parents handed out recordatorios to those present during the modest celebration at their home.  This is what was given to us.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Good Day!



6 thoughts on “Memories”

  1. Morning Barbara:

    This is a tradition that goes back a long time. Since I was a kid, these recordatorios has been given away during the celebration following the religious event at the church.

    It is still very strong in this country.



  2. Little tokens like that are wonderful. Such things are done here, too — not all of them religious in nature. I still have two of the cigars my dad gave out when I was born. I don’t have a clue why that became a custom, but it was, and it’s fun to still have the token.

    1. Morning Linda:

      We also have the tradition of cigars in this country. Never smoked one and guess never will. As a matter of fact, I have never once smoked a cigarrette, so my lungs should be in good shape.

      The good thing about thise “recordatorios” is that once you get hold of one, after a decade or two, the memories flash back to you immediately. Sometimes you get misty eyes looking at the tokens and remembering what they represent.

      Yep, it’s lots of fun to hold on to these mementos.



  3. Lovely views and words. There are countries all over the world where baptism just does not exist. Going even further, they do not even know the exact day they were born.

    Some are just born lucky! I hope that one day, things will get better!

    1. Hi ServiceS:

      Thank you for your warm words. It’s sad when you don’t even know when you were born, meaning you don’t know how old you are.

      I guess we are lucky to live in this country. Baptism is a big religious event in the Roman Catholic Chuch. Other religions also practice the same spiritual ritual.

      Best Regards,


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