Public holidays in Cuba

Date English Name Local Name Notes
January 1 Liberation Day Día de la Liberación The day of the victory of the revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959 – after Fulgencio Batista fled the night before – which established the present government in Cuba.
January 2 Victory Day Día de Victoria
date varies Good Friday Viernes Santo [1] Made a public holiday in 2012 at the request of Pope Benedict XVI, during his visit to Cuba in that year; confirmed as an annual holiday in 2013
May 1 Labour Day Día de los trabajadores International Workers' Day
July 25 Day before the Commemoration of the Assault of the Moncada garrison Conmemoración del asalto a Moncada[2] Day before the anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks.
July 26 Commemoration of the Assault of the Moncada garrison (Official name means "Day of the National Rebellion") Día de la Rebeldía Nacional[3] The date after which the revolutionary movement (M 26-7) was named. In the morning of July 26, 1953, some 160 men under the command of Fidel Castro attacked the Moncada army garrison in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba's second-largest city. Although this action failed, it is seen as the beginning of the Castro-led insurrection that expelled Fulgencio Batista. There are normally two or three days of public holidays together.
July 27 Day after the Commemoration of the Assault of the Moncada garrison Conmemoración del asalto a Moncada[4] Day after the anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks.
October 10 Independence Day Día de la Independencia This day in 1868, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, "Father of the Homeland", gave freedom to his slaves and started the independence war against the Spanish colonial power, which led to the Ten Years' War
December 25 Christmas Navidad From 1969 to 1998, Christmas was a normal working day in Cuba. Official observance of Christmas was reinstated in 1998 after Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba.

References

  1. ^ http://www.granma.cu/cuba/2014-04-15/recesan-las-actividades-laborales-el-viernes-18-de-abril Granma.cu
  2. ^ "Fiestas y días festivos en Cuba". VisitarCuba (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Fiestas y días festivos en Cuba". VisitarCuba (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Fiestas y días festivos en Cuba". VisitarCuba (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 March 2015.
Culture of Cuba

The culture of Cuba is a complex mixture of different, often contradicting, factors and influences. The Cuban people and their customs are based on European, African and Amerindian influences.

Day of the Cuban Armed Forces

The Day of the Cuban Armed Forces is a national holiday in Cuba celebrated annually on December 2 commemorating the landing of the Granma which brought the Castro brothers and their supporters from Mexico to Cuba to start their revolution against the Batista Regime. The event is marked by military parades, fireworks and concerts throughout the country.

List of holidays by country

Below are lists of public holidays by country.

Outline of Cuba

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Cuba:

Cuba – island country in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the country's capital. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city. Cuba is home to over 11 million people and is the most populous island nation in the Caribbean. Its people, culture, and customs draw from diverse sources, such as the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves and its proximity to the United States.

Triumph of the Revolution

Triumph of the Revolution (Triunfo de la Revolución) also known as "Dia de la Revolución" is a celebration in Cuba of the anniversary of the victory of the revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959 which established the present government in Cuba. The previous president, Fulgencio Batista fled the country on December 31st, 1958. The holiday is celebrated on January 1st every year.

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