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December 2016

Waiting for 2017 in Cuba


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Want to attract good luck and prosperity are as old as humanity itself

Customs and traditions around the world have weaved the night before start  a new cycle of 12 months

At midnight there’s only   a minute to ask a year to bring some happiness, so,  in the 24 hours before that Cubans throw hands to all the traditions they know:

Using new clothe for a renew wardrobe

Light candles to have peace and harmony in the coming year

Clean the house, especially the corners and throw away all the old or broken things to remove the bad energies and expel the unwanted

Wear colored underwear: red for love, yellow for luck, white for health or green for money

“Money calls money” so it’s not a bad idea wait for the year with some bills in your hand

During the day, wishes, dreams, and new goals are written on a paper and kept until midnight. In another papel they also put the bad and negative things of the year that is gone and does not want to be repeated

At midnight the rituals grow:

Lentils beans: some eat them and others pull them to attract fortune, prosperity and ensure food

Walking or jogging with suitcases is not a test of urban athletics, they expect the New Year bring them many trips

Eat 12 grapes, one for each month of the year and each with a different desire.

Should eat an apple, to attract health and well

Already close to the new year, opens and read the paper with dreams and goals that was written in the day  and burn the paper that contains all the bad and negative things of the year . The idea is to let go of the frustrations, anger, sadness and welcome the new year with a positive mind

The New Year coincides with the anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution so there are popular festivals throughout the Island.

This ending-year-day dinner is the most important and familiar for cubans.

For this occasion the tables are dressed with the best of the house. For many the pork meat  is the host of the meal and its preparation becomes a ritual.

The pork is roasted  on charcoal, or in the oven at a very low heat ; accompanied by the congrí, well seasoned; the mixed salads of lettuce, tomato, cabbage and carrot, ripe fried bananas or ladybirds or tostones * fried green bananas and cassava with  sauce based on sour orange, pork fat and a lot of semi fried garlic.For dessert a tasty Pudding  *made with swit milk, regular milk eggs and caramel or torrijas * made with bread, eggs and milk, fried in oil and serve with caramel syrup.

At 12 all family stand up in front a TV, an announcer congratulates everyone and  the cannon shots from San Carlos de La Cabana , then they all kiss each other, greet each other, hug each other, congratulate each other and start one of the funniest and most spectacular rituals: “The old year burning “

A big doll is cremated to ward off bad luck or negative energies , as well as transition and celebrated the arrival of the new year

Cuban Holidays are a reason for meeting; the rumba is usually played all night long until enero 1 sunrise

The last night of December has something magical for cuban people, who deserve all the prosperity and good luck in the following year




Hopeless 2017


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For the NYC Homeless, the facts according Coalition For The Homeless 

  • Homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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Taking away the ability to think


Posted by @CubanWindow

” When the mass media  emerged,  they seized minds and governed not only on lies, but on conditioned reflexes.

A lie is not the same as a conditioned reflex.

Lies affect knowledge; The conditioned reflex affects the ability to think.

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“The Century of the Self”- Unveiling the truth


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  1. American Corporations learn how to make people want things they didn’t need by systematically mass-produce goods to their unconscious desires
  2. People in power in post-war America used Freud’s ideas about the unconscious mind to try and control the masses

Search and look the full documentary in YouTube site


Update + Video / Cuba at the American Museum of Natural History

The result of the scientific and historical collaboration between the Natural History Museums of Cuba and the United States, will be open to the public from November 21 to August 13, 2017.




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This slow breathing of the rebel caiman


… Is Fidel’s breathing.

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Two stories, same love


@CubanWindows Recommend: Cuban Educational Site

Learning without limits: Inclusive education gives children room to grow in Cuba 

 “I dream that things are happening, that I talk to people, I’m not sure whether ‘I see’ or ‘I don’t see’. I only know that I dream.”

“I give them the tools to be independent, so that they can move by themselves. And they do it. They are children, they are capable of anything.”

By Marta Lopez Fesser /  – Read the story


© UNICEF Cuba/2016
Reinier works on his braille typewriter at the Faculty of Journalism at the University of Havana, Cuba.


© UNICEF Cuba/2016
Professor Carlos Bartolomé works with students at the Abel Santa María special school. He has dedicated his life to teaching boys and girls with visual impairments to function in their environments.


© UNICEF Cuba/2016
José Humberto Perez stands with Reinier. Mr. Perez was Reinier’s teaching guide during pre-university school.


© UNICEF Cuba/2016
Reinier types on his braille typewriter during class. It took his classmates a little while to adjust to the sound of the typewriter, but they soon grew accustomed to it and welcomed Reinier like any other student.

In Cuba, celebrating differences through inclusive football 

The social discrimination and marginalization that children with disabilities suffer has a profound negative impact on their lives. A new inclusive football tournament is helping students, teachers and families in Cuba learn to celebrate differences through sport.

“The main message is that differences don’t matter, that we are all the same after all, and that we have to support each other. Of course, even if this programme is integrated into the school programme, specialized attention requires an extra effort. But it’s worth it.”

By Marta Lopez Fesser / – Read the story


© UNICEF Cuba/2016/LopezFesser
Joana’s team on the pitch during a game. The inclusive football team comprises players with disabilities and players without


© UNICEF Cuba/2016/LopezFesser
Joana on the field during a football game. Before this year, Joana had never played football before.


© UNICEF Cuba/2016/LopezFesser
Joana and Lexter with another teammate. Their team has made it to the final round of Cuba’s first inclusive football tournament.




Paradox (Update) +Video


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“Health care in Cuba wasn’t built in a day. It was built over the last 50 years, with a public policy of emphasizing health care for all.” – Gail Reed

Community Doctors : A documentary on Havana’s ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine), which UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called “the most advanced medical school in the world.”

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