MARTYRS' DAY

Martyrs' DayMartyrs' Day is a Panamanian holiday which commemorates the January 9, 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone. The riot started after a Panamanian flag was torn down during conflict between Panamanian students and U.S. citizens living or born in the Panama Canal Zone (ie. "Zonians") over the right of the Panamanian flag to be flown alongside the U.S. flag.

U.S. Army units became involved in suppressing the violence after Canal Zone police were overwhelmed, and after three days of fighting, about 22 Panamanians and four U.S. citizens were killed. The incident is considered to be a significant factor in the U.S. decision to transfer control of the Canal Zone to Panama through the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties.

PANAMA FESTIVAL CALENDAR

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Festival Date
January
New Year’s Day 1
Martyrs’ Day
9
February
Carnival Last Weekend
Ash Wednesday 25
March / April
Holy Thursday  
Good Friday  
Easter Monday  
May
Labour Day 1
August
Founders Day 15
November
All Souls Day 2
Flag Day 4
Independence from Spain 28
December
Mothers Day 8
Christmas Eve 24
Christmas Day 25
New Year’s Eve 31
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