Public holidays in Cuba

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Public holidays in Cuba[1]
Date English Name Local Name Notes
January 1 Triumph of the Revolution Triunfo de la Revolución 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 of Armed Forces Day Where at 12:00 every one shoots a bullet in the air
date varies Good Friday Viernes Santo Since 2012 at the request of Pope Benedict XVI made during his visit to Cuba in that year
May 1 Labour Day Día de los trabajadores International Labour Day
July 25 Day before the Commemoration of the Assault of the Moncada garrison Day Before the Asalto al cuartel Moncada.[citation needed] Day Before the Asalto al cuartel Moncada.
July 26 Commemoration of the Assault of the Moncada garrison (Official name means "Day of the National Rebellion") Asalto al cuartel Moncada (Official name - "Día de la Rebeldía Nacional") 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 crushingly failed, it is seen as the beginning of the Castro-led insurrection that expelled Fulgencio Batista. There are normally two or three days public holiday together.
July 27 Day after the Commemoration of the Assault of the Moncada garrison Day after the Asalto al cuartel Moncada[citation needed] Day after the Asalto al cuartel Moncada
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 For decades Christmas was a normal working day in revolutionary Cuba. The Christmas celebration (and the corresponding holiday) was reinstalled in 1998 after Pope John Paul II visited Cuba.

References[edit]