Things to Know about Panama Culture

Panama Culture is very diverse, though it is only a small country it is home for ethnicities and cultures like India, Lebanon, Venezuela, Colombia, Israel, Korea, and China.

Things to Know about Panama Culture

Things to Know about Panama Culture

Customs and Traditions

The dominant culture of Panama is Spanish origins, while its most population embraces Catholic as their religions, around 75% population embraces Roman Catholic, while the rest of it embraces Christian traditions, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Bahai Faith. Most national festivals or holidays are related to the Roman Catholic religion.

Panamanian culture is a hybrid of Native Panamanian, African, and Spanish. People of Panama believe that their country is different from other countries that surround them. US culture influences Panama culture a lot. If you go to Panama City, you will find people are listening to music from the US or wearing more American clothes.

Things to Know about Panama Culture

Things to Know about Panama Culture

Culinary Traditions

Their food is a bit different from the food you may find in other parts of Central America. Corn-based food and beverages become their famous culinary traditions. Besides, you may find rice, beans, and yucca or cassava. The influence of its culinary culture comes from Columbia, rather than from Central America. That means a lot of red meat. Seafood is also easy to find. The typical of Panamian food is red meat served with root veggies like yucca, combined with greens and rice. Since there are so many ethnicities live here, you also will find Arabian-Panamanian food, even Chinese-Panamanian food.

Economy and Industries

Their major industries are sugar and bananas production. Even they have their traditional alcoholic drink made from sugarcane. In around the 16th century, the basic economy of Panama lied on its agriculture. They grow a variety of root crops, but after rural people come, the industry moves into a cattle-raising industry. Indian people do not raise cattle, they still work in the agriculture industry, while most of Afro-colonials society mostly live in the coastal area and do fishing.


To support its Panama culture, this country has The National Institute for Culture, their school system also supports arts education. Together with the government, the banks also fund art galleries and local artists. There are also art markets, local crafts, classical music performances, and museums. Panama is also home to numerous writers and poets. Indian society produces high-quality wood carvings and basketry.


Panama’s educational system started from primary school, their literacy rates are considered very high, 90%. For higher education, they have two reputable universities, like The Catholic University of Santa Maria Ia Antigua and The University of Panama.

Family, Kinship, and Etiquette

The Panamanian put their family in the first place. It is mostly influenced by The United States. Their extended family is also important as their children are sometimes raised by the family members. While the role division between men and women is influenced by their Spanish and Catholic culture. Yet, because the US culture influences getting stronger, now women can also do non-domestic roles.