9 things people don’t know about Cuba

We know very well the amazing facts that make Cuba so special not only for us, but in the entire world. Everybody heard about the Cuban cigars and about the beautiful beaches. But what do they know about Cuba’s traditions? Its language? Here are 9 things people usually don’t know about Cuba, but they should.

  1. On New Year’s Eve, Cubans burn dolls in order to forget bad times and look forward to new promising new year
  2. In Cuba, cigars are called puros or habanos. One company makes all the premium brands for the country.
  3. It snowed only once in Cuba: on March 12, 1857.
  4. The name of Cuba comes from a pre-Columbian Taino language word meaning either ‘abundant in fertile land’ or ‘great place’.
  5. A drink of rum and coke and lime is called a “Cuba Libre” in Latin America except in Cuba. Over there, it’s called a “mentirita,” or “little lie.”
  6. Government vehicles are required by law to pick up anyone hitchhiking.
  7. There are no animals or plants in Cuba that are poisonous or lethal to humans. Viva Cuba!
  8.  Discovered in Cuba, the Manjuari is a fish living only in Cuban waters and nowhere else in the world.
  9. Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world: 99.8%

And these are only a few of the things Cubans can be proud of. Share your own list on our Facebook page!