Since Mother's Day is on a Sunday, restaurants offer a special Mother's Day brunch to satisfy the large influx of patrons who want to celebrate with their mothers. This special brunch is probably more expensive than a normal Sunday lunch, but no one will complain because it comes with a complimentary rose or a glass of champagne or perhaps even a small box of chocolates to take home. As we know, getting a reservation at a nice restaurant will make mom feel special, so we happily pay the extra surcharge and fight the crowds.
Mother's Day in Panama is different than Mother's Day in North American in two important ways. First, Mother's Day is celebrated in Panama in December rather than in May. Second, although Mother's Day is technically celebrated on the second Sunday in December, they up the celebration factor by adding on a national holiday.
Moms don't just get a special lunch on Sunday, they also get a day off of work the next day. Well, technically, everyone gets it because a national holiday means all businesses but retail and service industries are closed. Hmm, Panamanians must love their mothers more than North Americans do because they spend two days celebrating Mothers Day. Plus, like most important national holidays, Panamanians go the extra mile by shooting off spectacular fireworks displays to honor mom.
If my mother is reading this, I'm sure she'll feel less special now. Brunch and roses can't compete with a national holiday and an hour of fireworks. Perhaps she'll move to Panama where she'll feel more appreciated. Or knowing my mom, she'll want to celebrate American Mother's in May and then swoop down to Panama in time to celebrate Panamanian Mother's Day in December. Then she'll have three special days each year. Now if only she could figure out a way to celebrate her birthday twice each year without getting any older!