Thursday, April 8, 2010
Happy Birthday, Senor Marti
Jose Marti is a national hero in Cuba. He is one of the most revered ones, perhaps even more than Che Guevara, and that's saying a lot.
We were blessed to be in the country on his birthday. It's a national holiday and in Trinidad De Cuba there was a parade and even more music than usual.
Later on in Santiago De Cuba we visited the cemetery which houses his mausoleum. Every half hour of every day beginning at 10 a.m. an honour guard marches to his mausoleum and back. I've forgotten how long into the evening it lasts.
Among his other accomplishments he was a poet. The song Guantanamera contains some lyrics by Marti.
It's one thing to be told about a country's hero, it's a much more layered and lasting event to see his life reflected in the celebrations of his country.