The Central American country of Panama can be described as a long, curvy strip that shares borders with Colombia and Costa Rica. The country is an independent and sovereign nation, with jurisdiction over its own residents. With over 3.5 million residents, Panama is a country that is developing rapidly on an urban level. The people of Panama are descendants of Indian, African and Spanish ancestors. The weather in Panama is a warm tropical.
The temperatures stay quite warm throughout the year, which make it a draw to tourists in both summer and winter months. The beaches and Panama City tend to be warmer than the breezy Highlands. Tourism remains one of the country’s major economic supports and the beautiful scenery and lovely beaches draw many visitors in each year. When it comes to religion, the government provides freedom for citizens to worship as they please, with just a few restrictions. Most of the people of Panama consider themselves to be Roman Catholic, while Evangelical Christian are next in numbers. Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Episcopalians also are represented, though they make up only a small portion of the people.
The cultural diversity is a great part of what makes Panama special. The mix of cultures brought in from foreigners all work together to create a dynamic flare for life. Also adding the rich culture is the seven indigenous groups that are native to the land. In dance, music and art, the flavors of the people and their history are celebrated. Bright colors swirling as people dance to rhythmic music tells a story of a people who are proud of their heritage. In Panama the cuisine is based around fruits, vegetables and spices. Herbs are used moderately so as to create unique, mild but delicious flavors. Maize and rice are also staples in the typical diet along with meat and seafood. Panama is a very interesting and flavorful country. There is much for visitors to see, do and experience in the country, depending on the time of year. For the people who call Panama home, there is a sense of pride. It is a charming country with many natural beauties and a complex, multi-cultural makeup.