26 July Celebrations

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July 26 is the most important date on Cuba's revolutionary calendar. The date celebrates the anniversary of Fidel Castro's ill-fated 1953 assault on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba. It's also the birthday of Cuba's most famous writer and patriot, Jose Martí. Besides band music, expect speeches and gun salutes honouring heroes of the revolution.

It's a day when communist banners, posters and official graffiti cover the streets and buildings. In Santa Clara, crowds of 100,000 people fill Revolution Square.