Traditions

Traditions

The presence of France in Cuba has a historic transcendence that extends for more than three centuries. This heritage is present throughout all the island. France had also a great influence in the education sector. Numerous schools in Cuba were overseen by the Institute of the brother of the Christian Schools or Hermanos La Salle.

The Cuban lore is full of mythological beings. The best known is the güije living on rivers. This is a popular legend of the continent. The Güije, also known as Jigüe or Chichiricú, is the most popular invention known in the Greater Antilles.

One of the most deeply rooted traditions in Havana is that which commemorates the founding of the city. This is celebrated every November 15th. With just one touch to the tree, the city is transformed and returns to its beginning. The Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) located in Old Havana becomes this wild area as in 1519, where conqueror Diego Velázquez, after a sketch, arrived to the incoming seawater.

One of the most popular traditions in Havana is taking a photo at the Capitol. Today José del Toro keeps the tradition alive like it initially was. Firstly, because they challenge the passing of the years by working almost as they did the first day. Secondly, because whoever stops in front of them, can end up being depicted as in the time of their grandparents.

The water that is kept in a tinajón is always cool. In Camagüey this kind of jar is used as an ancient tradition. The story goes that the potters from southern Spain that were living in Puerto Príncipe village, current Camagüey, used to store food in jars such as rice, oil, beans and various liquids. Once they wanted to eat them, the food had acquired a special flavor because of its perfect condition.

Traditions in Cuba are very different than they are held elsewhere. The fusion of Cuban culture makes our celebrations be very different.

The tradition of Clavelito's glass of water comes from the 40s. This popular character achieves high listening levels on Cuban radio. "Take a glass of water, place it over the radio and put your thoughts on me, and you'll see that right now, all my positive energy will be on you", these were the words that were heard in each radio program of Clavelito, one of the most popular in Cuba.

The Rooster from Morón is a tradition that has been synthesized by the Cuban popular culture. Today Ciego de Ávila city boasts a beautiful sculpture of the bird. The residents of the village decided to protest against the many abuses the authorities daily subjected them and for which the city had become a mess, full of political rivalries and innocent prisoners and farmers who went kicked from their farms.

Olga, the Tamale-seller, is a living example of culinary tradition. They are so recognized that Aragón Orchestra has dedicated a song to them. Olga, the Tamale-seller, is a living example of culinary tradition in the Caribbean island, since many people in the region preferred her homemade tamales to any other food, even those meals prepared in the best restaurants.

The Cuban garment par excellence is the guayabera. Its history is intertwined with the history of Cuba. Today it is used by the Cuban diplomatic corps. Back in the year 1709 reached the province of Sancti Spiritus, the center part of Cuba, the couple José Pérez and Encarnación Núñez García. The native marriage of Granada, Spain, received some fabric and since that day began the history of the national garment: the Guayabera.

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