Cuba marked Fidel Castro’s 88th birthday with tributes in official media, a concert and a photo exhibit in the capital and a newly inaugurated restoration of the home where he was born.
Castro was celebrated on the island Wednesday as a fighter for equality and social justice who defied the U.S. for five decades.
An article in Communist Party newspaper Granma said “paying homage to Fidel is a great party.”
Castro rarely appears in public these days, and in recent years has not taken part in official celebrations of his birthday.
He retired for good in 2008 following a near-fatal illness, ceding power to his younger brother Raul.