Today is Mother’s Day in Panama. On a lot of holidays that celebrate people you love, you’ll hear people wonder why we only celebrate mothers, fathers, grandparents and our significant other only one day a year — why wouldn’t we celebrate those people every day?
Well, if you visit or have a Panama vacation home, at least you will have a chance to celebrate twice.
In Panama it’s celebrated on December 8, the same day as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This date was suggested in 1930 by the wife of Panama’s President Florencio Harmodio Arosemena, and it was passed as Law 69 in the same year.
According to other accounts, the Rotary Club of Panama asked in 1924 that Mother’s Day be celebrated on May 11 to honor mothers, but politician Aníbal D. Ríos changed the proposal so that it would be held on December 8, and he made it into a national holiday.
Here is a sweet picture of an American mother and daughter from Francesca on VirtualTourist.
“My first trip, that I can remember, was with my family to what was then called the Canal Zone. I was only 4, but I still have a few memories of picnics in a beautiful wooded area near the beach and the iguanas. I remember what the neighborhood where we lived looked like and I remember walking to church with some other children. We only stayed there a year and then moved to Newport, Rhode Island.”
Happy Mother’s Day to moms in Panama and all around the world!