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Statue Of Liberty Mola

Happy New Years Eve, everyone! We hope you all had a great 2013! In honor of New Years Eve, we are sharing with you a festive mola featuring the Statue of Liberty.2011.4.523

How did you spend your New Years Eves in Panama? Did you have any special traditions or activities for holiday?

What is your favorite New Years Eve memory in Panama?

If you have any information about this festive mola or any New Years Eve stories, please share with us in the comments section!



  • Carol Meyer

    During the 1980’s I became aware of a custom of making a “muneca”, looking more like a scarecrow than a “doll”, laced with fireworks and set up on the sides of yards, usually with liquor bottles scattered around but sometimes representing another vice. At midnight the fireworks were lit and the ensuing explosions supposedly wiped out the year’s sins. We made one of these one year at Santa Clara with several families, sending the poor dogs rushing for cover under beds. We always ate well, finishing the evening with chocolate crepes. On New Year’s Day I tried to have friends over for a traditional Southern New Year Dinner: black-eyed peas, coleslaw, cornbread, and ham.

  • Cheryl Russell

    New Year’s Eve parties were held at various locations throughout the Canal Zone…for example….in the townsite of Cardenas, the Fort Amador Officers Club, the Tivoli Hotel, etc. etc. A local Panamanian tradition that many of us still hold is to eat 12 grapes for good luck.

    Pauline and Doug Fulop use to host a new year’ day open house with the typical black eye peas, ham etc.

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