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Donna came on the 116th Panama Relocation Tour in January 2019. In this video, she talks about her reasons for looking for a place to retire outside the United States. She also discusses her opinions about Panama and Panama Relocation Tours.
Panama attracts people from all over the world who have a common interest in living a stress-free affordable lifestyle.
Panama Relocation Tours attracts people from all over the world too. For our upcoming tour will have people from the United States, Canada, Peru, Vietnam, Australia and South Africa. Amazing variety. By the end of the first day, everyone will be best of friends. They are all have a common denominator – they are thinking about retiring in Panama!
Dallas and Linda Sherman talk about their visit to Panama and their experience with Panama Relocation Tours in January 2019. They are fed up with the high costs of living in North America and ready to retire in Panama where they can significantly reduce their costs of living and enjoy better weather all year. The last straw for them was a $300 water bill. When you’re retired and living on a fixed income, the rising costs of living in North America makes it difficult (and stressful).
In Panama your retirement dollars will go much further. In Panama, their water bill will be $60 to $100 per YEAR with no meter.
Linda was having some health problems before coming on the tour, But, because of Panama’s clean air, fresh food and fresh water (and less stress), all her symptoms completely went away.
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Many Panamanians are superstitious and have certain rituals they believe must be done as we cross from one year to the next. Panamanians traditionally spend New Years eve with friends and family.
EFFIGY: Throughout Panama at this time of year, you’ll see effigies, or life-sized dolls made out of straw, in front of houses or along side the roads. The effigy, also called a Judas doll, represents someone or something they dislike. They are sometimes called Muñecos. Some houses will have 1-2 effigies and some houses will have many.
The dolls are stuffed with firecrackers. At the stroke of midnight, they are lit on fire and beaten. According to folklore, by beating and setting the effigies on fire, the sins and evil spirits of the old year are destroyed. Making way for good fortune in the new year. The fire crackers are said to help drive the evil spirits away.
Instead of the Judas doll, I know some Panamanians who make a list of all the people they felt who have done them wrong throughout the year, then they burn the list on the last day of the year.
What a great way to start a fresh New Year!
SAGE: On New Years Eve, it is common for a Panamanian to open up all the windows in their house then sage (or smudge) the house to remove all bad vibes and bad energy. Panamanians want a fresh start to the New Year. You should use a feather or your hand to move all the smoke which collects the bad energy out of the house.
This is not the sage you use for cooking. Stores throughout Panama sell smudge white sage bundles.
Some Panamanians make a small alter for their sage ceremony by bringing in additional elements such as a sea shell, feather, brass bell, and raw egg. The shell represents the element water and the energy of Mother Ocean; the feather represents the energy of the winged ones; the brass bell carries the energy of the cosmos; and the egg is a symbol of life.
It’s also tradition to declutter and clean your house thoroughly before you start a sage ceremony. It’s all about leaving the bad of the old year behind and starting the New Year fresh with good energy.
MONEY IN YOUR HAND: It is said that if you have money in your hand at midnight, then you will have a prosperous New Year.
WEAR RED: It is said that if you are wearing red as we pass from one year to the next, it will bring you love in the New Year.
WEAR YELLOW: If you are wearing yellow underwear at midnight, it will bring you good luck in the New Year.
PUT RICE IN A POT: Tradition says this will attract wealth in the New Year.
EAT 12 GRAPES: As you eat 12 grapes at midnight, you should make a wish for the New Year. They also say that the grapes will predict what kind of year you will have. If your 4th grape is sour, then April may be a bad month. But if you get a sweet grape, that month will be a sweet experience.
The lottery is very popular in Panama. At midnight, you should spit out the grape seeds then count the number of seeds in each grape. These will be your lucky lottery numbers.
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS: In Panama, it is customary to write down at least 7 New Years resolutions. These could be things you want to happen or things you want to not happen in the New Year. Many Panamanians believe that by writing the resolutions down and carrying them with you throughout the year, they are much more likely to come true.
And finally, fireworks are a way to celebrate the New Year and new beginnings!
FIREWORKS: Panamanians LOVE their fireworks. In addition to the fire crackers in the effigies, it is customary to have a lot of fireworks at midnight. You can hear them all over the country. Here’s a youtube video of the fireworks in Panama City for the New Year’s celebration in 2019.
Maybe some of these Panamanian rituals would be a good tradition to start even if you don’t live in Panama!