Cuban Gov. Prepares for Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

By Fabian Flores  (Cafe Fuerte)

Fidel Castro at the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party in April 2016. Photo: Omara Garcia Mederos/ACN
Fidel Castro at the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party in April 2016. Photo: Omara Garcia Mederos/ACN

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba will be transformed into one giant concert on August 13th to celebrate Comandante Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, announced the island’s cultural authorities.

According to information released by the Cuban Institute of Music (ICM), at 10 am on Saturday, August 13, “a great cantata and concerts” will be held across the island for Fidel Castro’s birthday.

The press release from ICM added that “over one hundred children’s choirs and concert bands will sing in unison, across the country, at cultural institutions, in squares and parks to celebrate with a lot of joy the birthday of Fidel, the father of all of Cuba’s children.”

Festivities promoted by government offices and Communist Party organizations for Castro’s 90th birthday are focusing particularly on the younger generation, especially children, from collective messages to neighborhood quimbumbia games.

On June 2, the Cuban Federation of University Students (FEU) celebrated the leader’s upcoming birthday at the Law Department with a festival called “Fidel is my specialty” selling books, flags, photos and hats.

The day ended when everyone sang “Happy Birthday” around an enormous cake in front of the Law Department, with dozens of grade school pioneros present.

Meanwhile, the reedition of the historic route to Dos Rios, promoted by the Jose Marti Youth Movement (MJM), will take place from July 26 until August 13, dedicated  to Fidel Castro’s birthday.

Yusuam Palacios Ortega, President of the MJM and renowned for his impassioned speeches reaffirming his revolutionary commitment, said that the initiative is a tribute to both Jose Marti and “a present to his most loyal disciple, Fidel Castro” on his 90th birthday.

Palacios said that 30 young people would walk the route from Playita de Cajobabo, in Imias in Guantanamo province, to Dos Rios, in Granma and during their camping out, will read texts by Marti and speeches by Fidel Castro.

A mobile app for Android phones will become available  on July 19 with Fidel’s speeches, thoughts and “reflections”, which the march participants can use while taking part in the Marti route to share information with residents in the places they’ll pass through.

Send a message to Fidel

The Joven Clubs (Youth Computer Clubs) also launched a number of initiatives for teenagers. In Artemisa, the “Joven Club announced that they would open up a service for sending “birthday emails” to Castro.

Those interested in wishing the ex-President a happy birthday can do so by writing to the email: [email protected]

The Joven Club plans to publish a book with all of the messages they receive, which will be given to Castro on his birthday.

Castro made his last public appearance during the closing ceremony of the 7th Cuban Communist party congress, on April 20th.

55 thoughts on “Cuban Gov. Prepares for Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

  • November 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Happy birthday Fidel! You and the 26 of July Movement are an inspiration to millions world wide even American youth like me.
    I am going to address the haters on this page:
    1) The hateful propaganda against anyone unwilling to bow down to US imperialism and neocolonialism is still going strong. These commentators here may very well be agents paid to trash Fidel’s name across the internet.
    2) These commentators may be members of the wealthy Cuban land owner families who had their land taken away to be communally used. And are now sad that they can’t gain personal wealth by exploiting others. Sorry the right to amass wealth is not a right.(The slave holders in Cuba and America thought they had the right to gain wealth by exploiting others, the enslaved people thought the opposite. )
    3) These haters are completely out of touch with what is going on in the world. The earth is being polluted and destroyed, wars are killing millions, people are starving even as there is enough food to feed the planet, millions dying of preventable disease, and even when there is a cure if you can’t afford it die! All because of capitalist greed. All because a small group (relative to world population) of global capitalists who’s only aim in life is wealth accumulation with no care for our environment and the suffering of humanity. Fidel is the opposite of that. He is one of the few world leader who is truly concerned with the well being of humanity.

    4) Fidel is anti war especially nuclear war. His speech against nuclear war is to be found here.
    “Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!” –Fidel Castro

    5) Can conditions in Cuba be improved? Absolutely. The answer to any unfortunate conditions is Cuba is world socialist revolution for world peace. Not capitalism.

    Viva Fidel! You and the 26 of July Movement will be forever remembered as heroes!! May we soon see world peace.

  • August 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    For me Rich Haney your opinions are irrelevant, but I shall continue to comment when you err from addressing the reality of Cuba.
    Let me remind you for the record Mr. Haney of the questions I asked and which you criticize as not being not “sane, unbiased” My three questions addressed to you were:
    1) Do you or do you not seek freedom of expression for the people of Cuba?
    2) Do you think that the people of Cuba should have open multi-party elections?
    3) Do you favour freedom of the media for the people of Cuba?
    For the people of Cuba these are key questions! But you obviously wish to avoid reality and describe the questions as “rants”. That demonstrates both your inability to address reality and weakness of spirit for you care nothing for Cuba and its people.
    To have to resort repeatedly to yakking on about the long deceased Batista in support of your fallacious opinions similarly reflects a narrowness of mind – not something to be envied.

  • August 26, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Ask sane, unbiased questions, Mr. MacDuff, and I will respond. Like Emilio Milian in Miami, I’ve had the guts to denounce terrorist acts against innocent Cubans that besmirch everything good that America stood for. Unlike Emilio, I haven’t been car-bombed. Your rants hide behind political correctness derived from, in my opinion, the Batistiano insistence on dictating the Cuban narrative in the the U. S.

  • August 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    The PRK (North Korea) is said to enjoy 100% voter turn out, and I wouldn’t exactly call it a democracy. But, at least everyone gets a vote, right?

  • August 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

    ? When did you see it last, outside of the tourist areas?

  • August 24, 2016 at 1:26 am

    What a pathetic comment, but I guess it reflects your mind Rich Haney being in a rut!

  • August 24, 2016 at 1:25 am

    I thought that you folks had more than two parties? Who did Ross Perrot run for? Didn’t your Republican Party Presidential candidate also initially start a run as a Reform candidate? What about the Tea Party – I don’t refer to Boston Harbour! One of us must be ignorant!

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