Fidel Castro laid to rest in Santa Ifigenia,Santiago de Cuba, birth place of Cuban Revolution

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December 4,2016

Raul Castro preparing to place ashes of Fidel to the tomb
Raul Castro preparing to place ashes of Fidel to the tomb.Source -Cuba Debate

Ashes of Fidel Castro Ruz ‘s remain is laid to rest in Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, the birth place of the Cuban Revolution, culminating the cortege procession ceremony from the capital Havana, according to report by Cuba Debate. Many Cuban patriots of the revolution and historical figures like José Martí ,whom Fidel admires most, are laid to rest in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.

On its website Cuba Debate wrote, in Spanish, about the moment when Raul Castro had to carry the ark carrying the ashes which google translate it as follows : “When the ark with the ashes reaches Raul, his hands no longer tremble. He places it against his chest, the rise to the hole in the interior of this great stone and a long sigh escapes him. This moment of the ceremony lasts no more than three minutes, but they weigh as hours on the shoulders of all present.”

Ashes of Fidel Castro laid to rest Santiago de Cuba
Ashes of Fidel Castro laid to rest Santiago de Cuba

Fidel Castro planned his own funeral. In line with his firm conviction against personality cult, Fidel Castro allowed no statues of him or anything like that in a public place.

At least 40 world dignitaries attended the funeral. Ethiopia’s ceremonial president, Mulatu Teshome, attended the funeral. Millions of Cubans were in attendance.

Cuba declared nine days of national mourning after Raul Castro announced the death of Fidel Castro on November 25,2016.

For more coverage of the funeral, check out Cuba Debate

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