Liberation Day & New Year’s
The first of January, Liberation Day is also called “Triunfo de la Revolucion.” which is one of the national holidays in Cuba This day has celebrated the removal of dictator Batista from power and the start of Fidel Castro’s power, according to
The victory of the Armed Forces
This is celebrated January 2 and is another holiday commemorating its revolution’s history.
Good Friday became a national holiday in Cuba following the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. The first Good Friday recognized as a holiday in Cuba was in 2014, according to Granma, the Official Body Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.
List of the National holidays in Cuba
International Labour Day
Called “Dia de Los Trabajadores,” the Cuban Labor Day is celebrated May 1. Havana-Guide.com noted there are many celebrations this holiday in Cuba, including “speeches on the ‘Plaza de la Revolucion’ celebrating the workforce and the Communist party.”
Commemoration of the Assault to Moncada/National Rebellion Day
This three-day-long holiday from July 25-27 remembers the 1953 capture and exile of Fidel Castro, according to VisitarCuba. This happened near Santiago in the Moncada army barracks.
However, this week is also celebrated widely with carnivals in Santiago as the saint day of St. James (Santiago), MyCubaVisit.com reports.
Independence Day, “Dia de la Independencia”
Independence Day celebrates the early independence of Cuba in 1868, when Carlos Manuel Cespedes freed his slaves and began the War of Independence against Spain, according to Travel Cuba. This is celebrated October 10.
A majority of Cuban citizens are Catholic. Christmas is celebrated on December 25.
However, Travel Cuba reports this has only recently been re-established as a National holiday in cuba due to Pope John Paul’s visit in 1998.
|National holidays in Cuba|
|Date||English Name||Local Name||Notes|
|January 1||Triumph of the Revolution||Triunfo de la Revolución||The day of the victory of Castro’s Revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959 – after Fulgencio Batista fled the night before – which established the present government in Cuba.|
|January 2||The victory of Armed Forces Day||Día de Victoria de las Fuerzas Armadas|
|date varies||Good Friday||Viernes Santo ||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 theAssault of the Moncada garrison||Conmemoración del asalto a Moncada||Day before the anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks.|
|July 26||Commemoration of theAssault of the Moncada garrison (Official name means “Day of the National Rebellion”)||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 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 theAssault of the Moncada garrison||Conmemoración del asalto a Moncada||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.|