Events in Panama

The Spanish word Feria or Ferias (plural) originates from the Latin word of the same name with the original meaning of “praying holiday” or

“day of the week”. Also the German word Ferien derives from the same linguistic root. The word was also used for a market (day) and is thus related to the English word fair in the meaning of exhibitions and trade shows.
In Panama the term “Feria“ does not only describe the various festivals, but is also a synonym for masses. About 32 ferias are celebrated in Panama every year starting in early January with the International Festival of Flowers and Coffee. In the same month – January – the Feria de San Sebastian is celebrated in Ocu – a festival in the saint’s honour, while at the end of the month the “Orange Festival” takes place in Churuquita Grande. The largest festival – Carnival - is, however, celebrated throughout the entire country on four days till Ash Wednesday within the month of February. As a matter of course Easter or the Easter Week (Semana Santa) is another important festival in Panama. On 21st October the Festival of Black Christ (El Christo Negro) takes place in Portobelo; it is rather a mystical festival with ambiguous origin. On 28th November a festival is celebrated in remembrance of the independency of Spain.

Fairs (Ferias) Video

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