On 2 January, Cuba celebrates “Triumph of the Revolution and Victory Day”, also known simply as Victory Day.
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This holiday commemorates the day in 1959 when Communist guerrilla leader Fidel Castro and his forces succeeded in ousting then-dictator Fulgencio Batista from power in Cuba. This marked the end of a long string of US-supported regimes in Cuba, but also the beginning of decades of suffering of the Cuban people under a new socialist dictatorship.
In Cuba, however, the government and many of the people celebrate Victory Day in grand style. It is often seen as a link in the chain of resisting foreign domination, akin to the two wars for independence from Spain, which took place in 1868 and 1895.
There will be many free concerts in Cuba on the first and second of January, and there are many loud, colourful performances and celebrations. Visitors to the island-nation are welcome to join in the festivities.
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