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Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013
November 3rd is Independence Day while the 4th is Flag Day in Panama. Nov. 3, 1903, is considered the beginning of the country’s sovereignty from Colombia soon after the Thousand Days War. But, 82 years before then, Panama obtained liberation from the Spanish crown. The Independence Day is primarily to celebrate secession from Colombia but also to celebrate two centuries free of colonial rule.
Colorful polleras and intricate headdresses filled the streets of Panama City this month as dancers wearing the national folk dress joined the military procession celebrating their independence from not one, but two countries.Dance is a symbol of the diverse cultures that have coupled in Panama. The local folklore can be experienced through a multitude of festivals, dances and traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation.
Tourism in Panama kept its growth during the past 5 years due to the government offering tax and price discounts to foreign guests and retirees. These economic incentives caused Panama to be regarded as a relatively good place to retire in the world. Real estate developers in Panama have increased the amount of tourism destinations in the past five years because of the interest for these visitor incentives.