The National Day of Cuba is on the 1 January (Liberation Day, Fidel Castro takes power in 1959 (and Spanish rule ends 1899)). The National Day of Cuba, also known as the Day of the Rebellion, is celebrated annually on the 26th July. This day marks the anniversary of the 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks, which is considered the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.
National Day of Cuba
Firstly on the 26th July 1953, a group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro attacked the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. This was the first attempt at overthrowing the government of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. The attack however was not successful. Many of the revolutionaries were either captured or executed or both. This however became a symbol of the Cuban Revolution which went on to inspire others to fight against Batista’s regime.
Then after years of guerrilla warfare, the Cuban Revolution finally succeeded in 1959. This was when Batista fled the country and Fidel Castro became the new leader of Cuba. Since then the 26th July has been celebrated as the National Day of Cuba . This to celebrate the sacrifice of the revolutionaries who fought for Cuba’s independence and sovereignty.
Public Holidays to Cuba
Cuba has several public holidays throughout the year, including:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Triumph of the Revolution – January 2nd
- International Workers’ Day – May 1st
- National Rebellion Day – July 26th
- Victory Day – August 12th
- Birthday of Jose Marti – January 28th
- Christmas Day – December 25th
In addition to these holidays, there are also several other dates.