Armed Forces Day in Cuba Date in the current year: December 2, 2016

Armed Forces Day in Cuba Armed Forces Day in the Republic of Cuba is celebrated on December 2. The holiday commemorates the landing of the yacht Granma in 1956. It is considered to be one of the most important events of the Cuban Revolution.

In October 1956, a Mexican citizen purchased Granma for Fidel Castro from the US-based Schuylkill Products Company, Inc. Castro intended to use the yacht to cross the Gulf of Mexico and land in Cuba. On November 25, 1956, 82 members of Castro's 26th of July Movement (including the Castro brothers and Che Guevara) boarded the yacht in the port city of Tuxpan, Mexico.

On December 2, Granma reached the Cuban shore. The revolutionaries disembarked on the Playa Las Coloradas, emulating the arrival of the Cuban national hero José Martí in 1895. When the revolutionaries overthrew the regime of Fulgencio Batista, the anniversary of Granma's landing was designated as Armed Forces Day to honor the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces. Although Armed Forces Day is not a public holiday, it is marked with various celebratory events and activities.

The Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces were officially established in 1960. They include the Revolutionary Army, Air and Defense Force, Navy, and paramilitary units.

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