I went two years without writing about one of Panama's largest holidays. The holiday to start all holidays, you might say. November 3rd marked Panama’s 109th year of independence from Colombia. This is the first of a month full of patriotic celebrations. There’s a flag day and provincial celebrations spreading west through the middle of the month. Probably something else I’m missing, but I can sing the chorus to the national anthem!
We had a celebration at our school on the day of. Poems were memorized, songs were sung, tamales were eaten by this girl; it was a success. The traditional dance group made an appearance in their polleras.