Panama (i/ˈpænəmɑː/PAN-ə-mah; Spanish:Panamá[panaˈma]), officially called the Republic of Panama (Spanish:República de Panamá), is a country in Central America situated between North and South America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half of the country's 3.9 million people.
Panama was inhabited by several indigenous tribes prior to settlement by the Spanish in the 16th century. Panama broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada remained joined, eventually becoming the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the Panama Canal to be built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the total transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama by the end of the 20th century, which culminated on 31 December 1999.
A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work, are suspended or reduced. Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws, customs, the type of job being held or even personal choices.
The concept of holidays has most often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.
In many societies there are important distinctions between holidays designated by governments and holidays designated by religious institutions. For example, in many predominantly Christian nations, government-designed holidays may center on Christian holidays, though non-Christians may instead observe religious holidays associated with their faith. In some cases, a holiday may only be nominally observed. For example, many Jews in the Americas and Europe treat the relatively minor Jewish holiday of Hanukkah as a "working holiday", changing very little of their daily routines for this day.
The project originated with John Hegeman and his Distant Corners Entertainment. Tim Connors and Adam Egypt Mortimer are also producing, as well as Kyle Franke and Aram Tertzakian from XYZ Films. Executive producers are Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari, and Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer of XYZ.
The Ponce City Market location of South African-inspired bar and restaurant Biltong Bar is celebrating the season with holiday pop-up Blitzen Room... 27, SOS’ holiday pop-up will feature a selection of Christmas-themed tiki drinks, including The Grinch, made with Panamanian rum, gin, falernum, boomsma, coconut, lemon, guava, bitters and bubbles.
Holiday Pop-Up Bar at Red Sky Tapas & Bar ... This crowd favorite holiday pop-up returns for the fourth year with two locations ... 27, SOS’ holiday pop-up will feature a selection of Christmas-themed tiki drinks, including The Grinch, made with Panamanian rum, gin, falernum, boomsma, coconut, lemon, guava, bitters and bubbles.
But the former teacher and school administrator didn’t always know that a Panamanian retirement was in store for her ... But it’s the friendly Panamanian spirit that truly sold Mary on it. “Panamanians celebrate many more holidays than in the U.S., and there are typically parades with music and horses.