Very diverse are the aspects in which the magical-religious popular beliefs are manifested in different times and latitudes of the world, including those of the Afro-Cuban Regla de Ocha or Santeria, a whole worldview deeply rooted in nature.
The Santa Cruz de la Parra (Holy Cross of the Parra) that is preserved and venerated in Cuba is the only one that has survived the passage of time of the 29 crosses that Admiral Christopher Columbus planted in America in his adventure to what was considered the New World.
Apparently without a precisely defined origin, the word “barbacoa” in Cuba has two interpretations, an “architectural” reference, unlike in other countries, where it has significance mainly linked to culinary matters.
Beyond the emblematic Afro-Cuban drums that represent national music, the peculiar sound of the so-called Chinese bugle marks the most famous and enjoyable carnivals of this Caribbean island, those of the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.
Children are a privileged sector of the population in Cuba, which remembers International Children's Day on June 1, with favorable results in their care despite the difficult conditions imposed by COVID-19.
Although ancient and originally from Spain, the expression "Ambrosio's musket", applied to a useless object or frustrated in some purpose, has transcended time and distance, and is still heard in Cuba and other Latin American countries.
Without intending to do that, a circus artist from the first half of the 20th century went down to posterity in Cuba as the protagonist of one of the most popular phrases in the Creole language: He ended up as Chacumbele ... he killed himself.
On the margins of the bay of Havana, and facing the historic center of the city, across the bay, is the town of Regla, a territory with symbols of significance for the capital, a lot of history and traditions.
Considered one of the founders of modern geography, the eminent German philosopher and naturalist Alexander of Humboldt made two stays in Cuba that, although brief, were momentous to the point of being considered the second discoverer of the island.
"The future of museums: recovering and reimagining" is the theme that this May 18 focuses on the International Day dedicated to these cultural institutions, guardians of the cultural heritage of humanity.