Like every country, Panama has some great New Years traditions.
One favorite is the burning of effigies. Â Locals create elaborate life sized dolls or ‘muÃ±ecas’, that look much like a scarecrow. Â During the New Year’s Eve festivities, these dolls are burned in celebration of the passing year. Â Often the dolls resemble famous people or characters.
This photo was taken by Chef Emily, who celebrated the stroke of midnight with employees on Isla Tigre, our neighboring village. Â The muÃ±eca was created by Onilda, our breakfast cook and bread baker.