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Cuba Restores Christmas Public Holiday

Source: Reuters (La Habana)
Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 1998
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2020


Cuba's Politburo has announced that the Cuban Communist Party had asked the State Council to declare Christmas Day (December 25) as an annual public holiday for all citizens (para cristianos y no cristianos, creyentes y no creyentes).

The restoration of Christmas Day as a public holiday in Cuba is to be enshrined in the Decreto-Ley número 189 del año 1998.

Chistmas was canceled as a public holiday in Cuba in 1969, not for political of ideological reasons, but rather as part of a drive to raise the country's sugar production to 10 million tons.

When Fidel Castro visited the Vatican 2 years ago (1996-12-02), Pope John-Paul II had asked the Cuban leader to restore Christmas as a non-working public holiday in Cuba.

Then, late last year (1997-12-15), Christmas Day 1997 was declared a one-off public holiday ("Castro advirtió que la decisión tiene carácter excepcional") due to the upcoming visit of Pope John-Paul II, in January 1998.



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