Cubans, romantic and family-oriented, celebrate hard on holidays and there are no bigger than Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and, of course, New Year’s Eve. There are big turn outs for political demonstrations for May Day (worker’s day) and July 26th (Independence Day), but the heart and soul of Cubans come out on New Year’s. There’s no better day to experience the island and its people!
Cuban families come out in force, roasting pigs, dancing reggaeton, hugging and kissing and wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Phone lines for the state-run telecom company jam up from all the messages and calls of good luck, love and happiness, both within Cuba and coming from Miami and elsewhere. Taxi drivers make big bucks on crowded streets but it’s almost impossible to find a ride because no payday is high enough for a Cuban to leave loved ones alone on this special night. Waiters, bartenders and front desk staff take care of you (kind of), but also tend to their colleagues and the specialness this day represents.
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