Easter is traditionally regarded as the most important of Christian holy days, and Easter in Cuba is celebrated with a holiday on Good Friday.
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The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar, such that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.
Although Good Friday was finally reinstated as a public holiday in 2012, Easter Sunday is still not a holiday recognised by the Cuban government, after having been abolished in the 1960’s.
Easter celebrations still take place in Cuba, and there are even some public processions during Holy Week, but it’s much more low-key than in other Latin American countries.
Basically, the holiday season in Cuba for springtime starts with Carnival and Lent. Then comes modest Good Friday processions and some low-profile celebrations on Easter Day. Then, Labor Day on 1 May normally caps off the season.
But, Easter also sees a big tourist boom in Cuba every year these days. Easter celebrations at hotels and resorts may be more pronounced. And there are other spring festivals many attend, such as Cine Pobre, a film festival in Gibara, the Urban Dance Festival in Havana, and Bienal de la Havana, which puts the spotlight on Cuban, Latin, and African works of art.