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Cuba is characterized by the meeting and the mixture of beliefs, so we can say that religious celebrations always take on a unique and striking look.
Easter is no exception.
Cubans celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth through different initiatives, both cultural and religious. But, above all, they celebrate union, family and religious ties, peace and happiness.
The celebration is characterized by intense liturgical activity within the various Christian churches, dioceses, parishes and among the believing community.
The habitaThe island's residents unite in prayer chains and masses that connect to the spirituality that abounds throughout the world during that week.
Faith and religious celebrations arrive on the Island
Cuba is a secular country, and its citizens profess different religions.
However, a high percentage of the population considers itself Catholic, in addition to the high prevalence of religious practices of the Yoruba culture or as it is also known, Santería or Rule of Osha-Ifá.
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Another part of the population is linked to Protestant churches (Baptists, Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Methodists).
That is why the celebrations of Holy Week become different, according to the religious practice and cultural affiliation of each one.
As usual in the midst of the mixture of beliefs that prevails on the Island, the religious traditions of each population segment are respected.
Some of the activities and traditions in Cuba during Holy Week
Among the Cuban population, the following festivals with various religious acts predominate:
- Staging of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ
- Good Friday procession that begins its passage in the Cathedral of Havana and continues through the Havana neighborhoods, adding devotees to the great crowd.
For Cubans, Holy Week is also a good time to get together as a family, prepare dishes and enjoy connection and spirituality.
Fish has been the main dish during these dates, always accompaniedañado of potatoes or some Cuban-style beans.