Cubans and the world mourn Fidel Castro's death
Fidel Castro is among the few leftist leaders left in this world. When he died on November 25, 2016, due to his aging and illness at the age of 90, Cubans and the world share mixed reactions: from celebration to mourning. All celebrated the life and the death of the longest-serving communist leader in the Caribbean state.
Cubans will commemorate Castro's life during at mass gathering this week, which highlights the story of the late leader when he led the revolution six decades ago. The funeral will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, according to the Havana TImes.
The mourning period will last for nine days. On Monday, a tribute will be paid by firing two simultaneous 21-gun salutes, Cuba's state news agency reported as quoted by CNN. From Tuesday to Saturday, cannon firing will be shot every hour from 6 am to 6 pm. At least tens of thousands of people will pay tribute on Tuesday in Plaza Jose Marti, named after the Cuban national hero and a poet who fought for the country's independence from Spain.
On Wednesday, Cubans will attend a ceremonial journey to pay tribute to Castro's ashes, starting from the route when Castro and his group took over the presidency from Fulgencio Batista in 1959. His ashes will arrive in Santiago de Cuba Saturday for a 7 pm rally at the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square. On Sunday, the ashes will be buried after a 7 am service. At 9 am, a gun salute will be heard closing the ceremony in Havana and Santiago de Cuba.
Castro was considered a father to most Cubans. Many wept and felt as if they lost their father. People put flowers and photo under the statue on the University of Havana's main steps. The university was the place where Castro studied law.
However, Castro was still a figure who divided the world. Cuban immigrants in Miami expressed their joy over the leader's passing. They tossed a champagne, waved the flag saying" Satan, Fidel now is yours". They say the death of Castro is the moment they have been waiting for 55 years.
In 2008, he handed over the presidency to his brother Raul.
World leaders expressed their condolences over Castro's death, praising Castro as among the most influential leftist leaders in the world.
Castro is seen as the leader who stood up against the US. Despite his controversial nature, he managed to provide free housing, education, and health access to Cubans.