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Posted November 23, 2008 by publisher in Cuban History

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The fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, to be celebrated on January first 2009, is the cultural travel theme of a tourism package being sold by Cuban and Argentine travel agencies. The Cuban cultural and history tour will include visits to the mausoleum of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Santa Clara and to Fidel Castro’s birthplace in Biran Cuba.

Marlene Martinez from the Ecotur travel agency in Cuba said that the tour will be filled with trips to social and political destinations along with plenty of information about the Cuban Revolution that took place from 1953 to 1959 that ultimately was instrumental in forcing President Batista to flee from Cuba by plane shortly after midnight on January 1, 1959. Fidel Castro rode into Havana on January 7, 1959.

Cuba travel agency Ecotur expects that one hundred fifty tourists will purchase tickets for the program and tour and visit Cuba between December 23 and January 3, 2009.

Cuba tour participants will travel to the beach where Fidel Castro’s boat Granma landed in 1956. He and a small group of other Revolutionaries including Che Guevara came from Mexico. This landing in 1953 marked the beginning of La Revolucion but the January 1 date is celebrated as the victory date for the Revolution.

Visitors will also travel to other historic locations but will also enjoy a couple days enjoying the Cuban beaches. On January 1, participants will attend festivities in Santiago de Cuba (where most of the Revolution was fought) in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of La Revolucion.

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on November 24, 2008 by Anatasio

    Rather hilarious that they’re selling package tours for this. In Cuba, everyone I know - family and friends - mark the day in a somber manner. There is no joy, only pain, grief and horrible memories. To think that some in this world would celebrate it when so many on the island will be saddened by the fiftieth year’s passing is . . . well . . . sad.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on November 24, 2008 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    When he took over in 1959, Fidel promised free elections.  Still waiting.

    For change (cambio) we can believe in.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on November 25, 2008 by abh

    You guys are so funny.  Nobody celebrates on Jan 1?
    Give me a break.
    I’ve been to Havana, man, come on no me jodan tanto.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on November 26, 2008 by Anatasio

    Of course some people celebrate - some are forced to go to compulsary rallies and there are a minority who really do celebrate. To use an adolescent phrase - “duh!”

    That said, abh, it’s a little bit different when you live there. None of our friends ever celebrated and hell - the town I’m from is largely quiet on New Year’s Day. There is a sadness that pervades so many people. It’s not a day of joy, my friends, it is a day to reflect on the “disappeared,” the murdered innocents and the destruction of a once-vibrant society.

    I think it’s a matter of respect. If you go to havana on New Years - remember these things and try to honor - in your own way - a people who have lost so much.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on November 26, 2008 by abh

    I appreciate your response and should say that the last thing I wish to convey is a sense of disrespect.
    At the risk of further alienating myself I must say that these stories of New Years serve as good anecdotes to a continued analysis of the current Cuban condition.
    I am sure that there are many Cubans who feel the Jan 1st holiday is a bittersweet one, but I think the fast majority of Cubans celebrate “el fin de ano” with more fervor than any other holiday.  Do you dispute this?  If you do, I’d like to compare experiences.
    The reason I’m entering into this discussion is because sometimes I believe that discussions about contemporary Cuba that take place in the U.S. are often dated, and dominated by those who left many years ago.  I will say again and again that I cannot pretend to understand the agony of separation that many Cuban-Americans feel from their homeland.  But I’m afraid this pain often prevents these folks from seeing things as they really are currently.  Although there is much suffering in Cuba, I think it is disengenuous (sp?) to characterize things in such a manner.  It really is misleading. 
    I almost feel it is my duty to let readers know that every Jan 1st there is a huge open air concert/party in Havana near the Malecon.  Every single Cuban I knows spends all of December preparing for el fin de ano.  For you to say “everyone I know - family and friends - mark the day in a somber manner. There is no joy, only pain, grief and horrible memories”—I get your point, but you have stretched the truth beyond recognition in order to make a political point.
    We’ll never get anywhere with a meaningful U.S.-Cuba dialogue while we refuse to accept reality.  Sometimes I think the Cuban-American crowd needs to be reminded:
    THERE ARE 11 MILLION PEOPLE IN CUBA WHO LAUGH, CRY, SUFFER, PARTY, DREAM OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE, etc. just like anybody else.  Yes a change is desperately needed.  But we have to acknowledge the position of the youth in contemporary society before we can see this change come to pass.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on December 05, 2008 by Arschloch

    soy cubano, lo mio primero, - so goes the rumba - no change will come to pass, because dos hermanos, inc. is doing fine, credit upon credit and debt relief and free money from kings and commies world wide. now they say EL EMBARGO ES OBSOLETO, what a bunch of jokers.  yeah a bottle of havana club a day would make me laugh too. - and my sombrero flies to those cubanos who have internet access and repay the State for the 32kbps priviledge by posting crapola like

    __I almost feel it is my duty to let readers know that every Jan 1st there is a huge open air concert/party in Havana near the Malecon.  Every single Cuban I knows spends all of December preparing for el fin de ano.___

    go get a life, in another country, you ham and cheeseball, and stop selling your sister tu yuma.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on December 14, 2008 by Cuba Journal

    Cubanpete said:

    When he took over in 1959, Fidel promised free elections.  Still waiting.


    And you are going to have to keep on waiting for a long, long time,  because the Cuban people are not interested in having the kind of “money elections” that you have here in the United States, where only the wealthy people who have millions of dollars can compete.

    Get used to Cuba having a different kind of system, because neither you, nor anyone else who lives outside the island has the right to tell them what system they should have. Do express your opinion, if it makes you feel better. But get used to the fact that Cubans are not interested in “Yankee-like democracy” which is totally corrupt and lacks social responsibility.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on December 14, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Welcome back Fidel.

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  9. Follow up post #9 added on December 15, 2008 by abh

    Oye mi amigo Arschloch,
    Parece que tu no me conoces a mi para nada, si tienes algo inteligente para decirme bueno habla, si no callate la boca que te mando pa la pinga, tu eres igual que cualquier anciano que toma su cafecito en calle 8 y piensa en los dias atras y cree que nada ha cambiado en los ultimos 50 anos.  Yo apoyo cambio en ambos paises porque creo en mejorar la situacion politica entre los dos paises, solo porque tengo familia que esta sufriendo y yo si echo la culpa a los locos ancianos de florida porque no piensan en ayudar a los cubanos porque ellos se fueron hace muchisimo y no saben nada del Cuba actual.  Yo bueno, puedo decir que se algo, hay mucho que tambien no conozco.
    Mi hermano yo soy de USA y hasta siempre pa que sepa, pero pienso que soy bastante cubanizado, asi es, nosotros que apoyamos a Cuba estamos en la lucha no por la politica pero por el bienestar de los cubanos en el ano 2008, no en el ano 1959.
    No pago nada al gobierno cubano, bueno cuando mando dinero es verdad que si me lo quitan 18% haha, pero yo solo pago mis taxes aqui en este pais para que el gobierno aqui caza a los que viajan a cuba como si fueron terroristas?  Estas loco mi hermano o que te pasa?
    Si quieres un cambio, coje el tren, tu sabes que obama esta apoyando, pero a lo mejor prefieres estar con tu mejor amigo bush, ya tu sabes mi hermano que bola

  10. Follow up post #10 added on January 08, 2009 by student

    What day is it really celebrated on? I’ve seen 3 different days now (July 30th, December 10th, and now January 1). I need the information for a project at school…Please help.

  11. Follow up post #11 added on January 08, 2009 by abh with 244 total posts

    Well, January 1st is recognized as the day of the Triumph of the Revolution.  That was the day in 1959 where President Batista fled (maybe he technically left the night of Dec 31st but it was about midnight I believe).
    July 26th is celebrated as kind of the beginning of the revolution.  This day was when Fidel, Raul and others attacked the Moncada barracks in Santiago…to be honest I can’t remember the year…
    Now December 10th, I’m not sure about that, maybe the date of independance from Spain?

  12. Follow up post #12 added on February 13, 2010 by sen kumar

        i am a young revolutionary from india . i would like to know where the revolutions are taking place now under cubans . i could not trust anyone else.

  13. Follow up post #13 added on February 14, 2010 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    You can go to Cuba directly, Castro have lot of experience trying to export “robolutions” to all Latin America and Africa.

    There are normally some projects in place but if by any chance there is none now, he can easily create something for you, just tell him that you are anti US and that should suffice.

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