By Joshua Parrish
The Flag of Cuba
The Map of Cuba
Day of the National Rebellion
Day of the National Rebellion marks the 1953 attack that Castro and his revolutionaries carried out on one of Batista's barracks. Though the attack was unsuccessful, it is considered the beginning of the Castro revolution. The holiday coincides with Havana's local carnival. People get the day off of work and gather in city centers, where they celebrate in the streets. The president gives a speech. Today, the president does not speak for long, but when Fidel Castro was president, he would give speeches lasting three to five hours and full of criticisms of U.S. imperialism.
New Year's Eve is one of the largest celebrations of the year. The party begins in the evening with a large feast. At midnight people kiss each other. Various traditions are thought to bring good luck: many people go out into the streets with an empty suitcase and others throw buckets of water out of windows or off of balconies to symbolically cleanse their houses of evil and start the new year afresh.