BY YANAIS VEGA BACALLAO, PHOTOS: RODOLFO BLANCO CUÉ AND JOSÉ (TITO) MERIÑO
“If you drink water from the tinajon in Camagüey, you will stay”, is one of the most representative legends of this city located 570 kilometers to the east of Havana, and whose origin is the notable presence in this area of that reddish and pot-bellied container.
The moment of truth, of difficult moments, is invoked in Cuba in the little dramatic and singular expression of “The time of the Mameyes (mammees) has arrived”, a popular colloquial phrase has a history dating back several centuries.
History and art are combined in the once Asturian Center of Havana, a building with its own values due to the events that it starred in, its architectural relief and for today housing important international collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Cuba.
A nineteenth-century city in the north-central region of Cuba, Nuevitas has the charm of seafaring cities due to its privileged location on the shores of the bay of the same name, one of the main pocket bays of the island, and also due to the singularities of its history and its present.
Erect, elegant, with a tuft of branches that crowns it, the royal palm has populated the fields of Cuba since immemorial times and is considered the national tree, with diverse practical utility and deeply rooted symbols in the imaginary of the population.
For many years, human beings dreamed of conquering the cosmos, which began to come true on April 12, 1961, a date that since 2011 is celebrated as the International Day of Manned Space Flights, by agreement of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Among the buildings with history and recognition in Havana is the Hotel Presidente which, with its 10 floors, was considered at its foundation the first "skyscraper" in Cuba and Central America, a detail that not many know.
The city of Morón has one of the most unique and popular symbols in the country. A huge bronze rooster, erect, very feathered and in a singing position, welcomes those who come to this city in the central province of Ciego de Ávila.
"Building a fairer and healthier world" is the theme to which World Health Day is dedicated this April 7, which since last year is celebrated in the midst of one of the worst health crises in humanity's memory due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected millions of people.
Asere, one of the most used affective words in Cuba, is evidence that, although we all speak Spanish, in the territories conquered by Spain from the 15th century on, the evolution of the language took its own paths.
Reading as a source of knowledge, values and recreation for the new generations is highlighted on the International Children's and Youth Book Day, which is celebrated every April 2, in order to encourage the habit of reading and literary creation for most youths.
In the Sierra del Rosario, a Biosphere Reserve in western Cuba, is the community and the tourist complex of Las Terrazas, for many, one of the most attractive and rewarding places in this Caribbean archipelago.