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Traditions and Customs in La Habana


The customs and traditions in La Havana depend on each neighborhood, however, the most significant are:

The Cannon of the 9 O´Clock

The sound of a cannon shot, from the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña, announces to the habaneros that it’s 9:00 p.m. Until 1863, when the walls that surrounded and protected Havana from the attacks of corsairs and pirates collapsed, that gunshot indicated the imminent closure of the stone belt doors.

The Templete “Ceiba Tree”

On November 16, 1519, in the shadow of a ceiba tree that existed on the northeast side of what would be the Plaza de Armas, the first mass was celebrated in Havana and the first city hall was built. Mark the date of the foundation of the city. Thousands of people every year on this date turn around the ceiba and ask it for wishes. 

The Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of San Lazaro (December 17th)

Annually in the second and third week of December to pay tribute to the saint who is popularly considered miraculous, in favor of the sick people.

The Carnival of Havana

It is one of the most long-awaited celebrations of Cuba. Every year in the summer this gigantic popular festival is celebrated with the participation of troupes and floats on the coast of Havana.