Cuba is in the mid of preparations to celebrate the 57th anniversary of its revolution this coming Friday, a commemoration of the 1959 victory of guerrilla forces led by Fidel Castro over the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.
The celebration will include a military ceremony and a performance of Swan Lake by the National Ballet of Cuba. The music show is choreographed by the first ballerina, Alicia Alonso, from the original Swan Lake by Lev Ivanov and Tchaikovsky.
For Cubans, Jan. 1, 1959, represents the end of the dictatorship under Batista and the beginning of a radical transformation that would benefit the majority of the people.
The commemoration comes on the heels of a major shift in U.S.-Cuba relations.
The two countries announced last year that they would restore diplomatic relations, and reopened their embassies in Havana and Washington in July.
Despite these advances, outstanding issues remain, including the end of the U.S. blockade on the island, as well as the territorial sovereignty over Guantanamo Bay.
The Cuban Revolution marked a new era not only for the Caribbean island, but also for the larger Latin American region. The socialist model inspired other countries like Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia to follow their lead and reorganize their social and economic systems to cater to the needs of the people, rather than the powerful.
In the 57 years of its revolutionary process, Cuba has managed to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and women's empowerment as well as reducing the mortality rate of children under five.
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