Cuba is located at the junction of North, Central and South America. The island of Cuba, stretching from west to east for 1250 km, is often compared with a lizard whose body faces the Atlantic, and the tail is at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. In the south, Cuba is washed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The country is located on the island of Cuba – the largest in the West Indies, the island of Huventud (Pinos until 1978) – the country’s second largest island, as well as on the adjacent about 1,600 small islands and coral reefs belonging to the Greater Antilles group.
Area of Cuba: 110, 9 thousand square meters. km Capital: Havana.
Ministry of the Interior Building, Havana, Cuba
Climate: tropical trade winds, the tourist season lasts almost all year round. Population: about 11 million people. Most of the population are descendants of immigrants from Spain.
Official language: Spanish.
Time: 7 hours behind Moscow time. Religion: Catholicism. The church is separated from the state, freedom of religion is provided to the population.
Cuba. A strange combination of an irresistible desire for freedom and socialist foundations is the image of this country. The whole history of Cuba is crossed by revolutions, riots, the overthrow of dictators, but all this is due only to one thing – the desire for freedom. At present, many holidays in this country are connected precisely with revolutions and important dates in history, and all because the Cubans themselves are grateful to the revolutionaries, who are now called patriots. They call the holidays the dates that brought them to the present day.
The ethnic and cultural mixture that gave birth to the Cuban people was decisive in the formation of distinctive holidays. For many years, sociologists and researchers have been trying to find an explanation of how Cubans manage to maintain natural gaiety in any circumstances, and turn nuisance into an occasion for jokes.
The lively and mocking Cuban character is especially pronounced in traditional folk festivals, held at different times and with some local features throughout the island.
Cubans have always been able and loved to have fun. Famous Havana carnivals take place in the city throughout the summer. Cuban carnivals take place in turn in each major city and last from 5 to 7 days. Picturesque carros move along the central streets (something like open platforms with a wide variety of mythical heroes, animals or dragons, which are specially made by each city quarter and are not inferior in beauty to the characters of the famous Brazilian carnivals). On this uncontrolled holiday there are those who are dressed in carnival dresses, but still the bulk of the dancers are people in casual clothes. In city squares throughout the country, music always plays and ensembles perform.