Shout In Villa De Los Santos
Shout In Villa De Los Santos is a public holiday that’s observed annually in the Republic of Panama on November 10th. Its official name is the First Call of Independence of the Villa de Los Santos, and it’s a commemoration of the country’s first call for independence that occurred on this date in 1821.
This is a public holiday on which most people have the day off and many businesses, schools, and government offices are officially closed. If the holiday happens to fall on a weekend, then it’s usually moved to the following Monday, so that everyone can enjoy the extra day off.
The History Of Shout In Villa De Los Santos
On the eastern portion of the Azeuro Peninsula, Panama’s struggle for independence began in Los Santos on November 10th, 1821. The residents of the city declared their separation from the Spanish Empire in an event that was known as Grito de la Villa de Los Santos.
According to popular lore, a young woman led the crowd to the barracks, all while the crowd chanted “Long Live Liberty.” This call for independence from Spain gained momentum through Panama on November 28th, 1821.
Observing Shout In Villa De Los Santos
This holiday is celebrated across Panama with a wide range of different festivities. There’s folk music and dance, concerts, parades, cultural events, and lots of food vendors. People use the day off to enjoy time with their loved ones and to enjoy Panamanian dishes such as Arroz con Camarones y Coco (Rice with coconut milk and shrimp), Carimañola (Beef and yucca stuffed empanadas), and Mondongo a la Culona (Beef tripe stew).