HAVANA – Cubans will be able to pay tribute to the ashes of their late historic leader Fidel Castro for two days, starting from Monday morning, at the Jose Marti Memorial, located in the Plaza de la Revolucion.
This will mark the beginning of the funeral ceremonies which will last until Sunday, Dec. 4.
From Monday 9:00 a.m. (1400 GMT) through Tuesday at noon (1700 GMT), people will be able to go to the memorial to pay tribute and give the last goodbye to the leader of the Cuban Revolution, who died at 10:29 p.m. on Nov. 25.
In the same square where Fidel Castro used to deliver countless speeches as the President of Cuba, a massive farewell ceremony will also be held on Tuesday which will be joined by leaders and dignitaries from all around the world.
Among the few names confirmed so far is the king emeritus of Spain, Juan Carlos I.
The presidents of Cuba’s allied countries are expected to attend the ceremony as well, such as Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa.
Also former presidents, who had maintained a close relation with the late leader are expected to be present at the funeral, such as the Brazilian Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, the Argentine Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and the Uruguayan Pepe Mujica.
On Wednesday, the ashes of Fidel Castro will make a trip around the island so that all Cubans can give him their last goodbye. The trip will take the reverse route of the “Caravan of Freedom,” in which the rebels of the Sierra Maestra crossed the country from Santiago de Cuba when the Cuban Revolution triumphed in 1959.
The remains of the former commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces will arrive in Santiago, the cradle of the Revolution, on Saturday, when another massive act of homage to Fidel will take place in Antonio Maceo Square.
The burial ceremony of his ashes, which is expected to be attended by his family, will take place in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery of Havana.