Public holidays in Cuba

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Public holidays in Cuba[1]
DateEnglish NameLocal NameNotes
January 1Triumph of the RevolutionTriunfo de la RevoluciónThe 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 2Victory of Armed Forces DayWhere at 12:00 every one shoots a bullet in the air
date variesGood FridayViernes SantoSince 2012 at the request of Pope Benedict XVI made during his visit to Cuba in that year
May 1Labour DayDía de los trabajadoresInternational Labour Day
July 25Day before the Commemoration of the Assault of the Moncada garrisonDay Before the Asalto al cuartel Moncada.[citation needed]Day Before the Asalto al cuartel Moncada.
July 26Commemoration 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 27Day after the Commemoration of the Assault of the Moncada garrisonDay after the Asalto al cuartel Moncada[citation needed]Day after the Asalto al cuartel Moncada
October 10Independence DayDía de la IndependenciaThis 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 25ChristmasNavidadFor 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.

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