On January 27, the Cuban people will march from the University of Havana’s Grand Stairway to the Fragua Martiana to mark the 165th anniversary of José Martí’s birth / Photo: Cubadebate
The Cuban people will come out en masse across the country’s 168 municipalities this January 27 to pay tribute to the island’s National Hero, José Martí, on the 165th anniversary of his birth.
The traditional march of the torches will see women, men, children and adolescents honor Martí under the slogan “With the light of his ideas,” reflecting the intention of the new generations to continue his thought and legacy, according to Jorge Misas Hernández, a member of the Federation of University Students National Secretariat, speaking to Granma.
Hernández noted that next Saturday the people of the capital will march from the University of Havana’s Grand Stairway to the Fragua Martiana. Meanwhile, also honored during the tribute will be Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz and the centenary generation, as well as those who, 65 years ago, led the first march of the torches. Likewise, the activity will also serve to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, 150 years since the start of the country’s Independence wars, and 65 since the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons, as well as the 115th and 90th anniversaries of the birth of student leader Julio Antonio Mella and the Heroic Guerilla Ernesto Che Guevara, respectively. Following the march, according to Diosvany Acosta Abrahante, a member of the Young Communist League National Bureau, a massive concert will be held on the Malecon. Other activities taking place to commemorate the date include the First Intentional Encounter of Young Martianos which will see delegates from Latin America gather in Cuba from January 26-28, to discuss the universality and continued relevance of José Martí’s ideas; as well as the arrival, on January 27, of outstanding youth traveling from the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba in the east of the island to the capital, visiting historic and socially important sites on their way.
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