Cuba: Havana celebrates its 501st Anniversary, amid fight against Covid-19

Nov 17, 2020, 10:43 AM

Havana, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) Havana, the royal and wonderful capital of Cuba, celebrated its 501st anniversary this Monday, in the midst of the fight against Covid-19 and moving forward on the path of the new normal.

Several public works inaugurations preceded the celebrations for the anniversary, which shows, according to the Cuban authorities, the will to overcome the difficulties generated by the pandemic and the economic crisis, exacerbated by the intensification of the United States blockade.

The capital is going through a favorable epidemiological scenario, according to specialists, which allowed the continuity of the 2019-2020 school year, and that on November 15, commercial, regular and charter operations were resumed at the José Martí International Airport, the main gateway entrance to the country.

More than 20 flights from different countries marked the intense activities for the restart of the air terminal, carried out under strict sanitary protocols.

According to the provincial vice-governor, Yanet Hernández, on Sunday night the traditional tour around the ceiba tree was held in the Templete garden, considered the founding point of the city, as a prelude to the celebrations.

On this occasion the celebrations are characterised by compliance with sanitary measures, but this will not prevent the inauguration of several social works in Old Havana.

A special tribute will be paid to Eusebio Leal, the world-renowned historian of the City, who died last July, and architect of the restoration works in the historic center of the capital.

On November 16, the founding of the Villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana is celebrated and 1519 is taken as the year of creation, a date that appears expressed in documents from the colonial period.