National Culture Day is celebrated in Cuba
The National Culture Day, celebrated every October 20, is an important commemoration, since that day but in 1868 the Mambi troops took the eastern city of Bayamo fighting against Spanish colonialism and, for the first time, the people intoned the notes of the national anthem.
This year, despite the isolation that the new coronavirus has caused, numerous activities have taken place throughout the country to celebrate the anniversary, especially dedicated to paying tribute to the 100th birth anniversary of Alicia Alonso, Prima Ballerina Assoluta, recently deceased; to the 90th birthday of Omara Portuondo, outstanding singer, and of Alfredo Sosabravo, National Prize of Fine Arts, and to the 50th anniversary of the debut of the cartoon character “Elpidio Valdés”.
In numerous cities on the Island, different activities were held for the occasion. In Camagüey, the Agramonte park, foundation point of one of the first villas built by the Spanish, numerous residents recalled the significance of the date in an act, always respecting the hygienic and sanitary measures adopted in the country.
In Santiago de Cuba, in the central Plaza Marte, the people of Santiago celebrated the day with the chords of the national anthem, in addition to paying tribute to its author, Perucho Figueredo, in the monument that remembers him in the patrimonial cemetery of Santa Ifigenia.
Likewise, institutions and projects on the Island were intertwined to carry out online broadcasts, concerts, festivals and plays, while a massive tweet was called starting at 10 in the morning and throughout the day with the tags #LaTierraDeMisAmores # ConLaMismaEstrella and # ElMambí.