Christmas in Cuba is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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Cuba went without any officially permitted Christmas celebrations for decades. Christmas was banned by the Communist Regime in Cuba in 1969 and not again allowed until 1997.
Today, there is a huge Christmas Eve mass that takes place each year in Havana in Revolution Square. At the stroke of midnight, church bells ring out loudly and announce the Saviour’s birth. Also in the square are gigantic television screens, which display the mass performed by the Pope in Vatican City.
Most people spend several days decorating their homes, gathering the food for the Christmas feast, and getting ready for Christmas. It is a huge celebration each year, but it is much simpler for some who can’t afford to spend a lot on the holiday.