Santiago Mamarrachos is regarded as the most traditional and cheerful festival in the city of Santiago. With its striking costumes, local music—congas—sounding from all the corners of the city and the overall fun atmosphere, it is often called Cuban national holiday. Historically, Santiago is a home to several cultures—Chinese, Indigenous, French Haitian, and Spanish. The emergence of them has developed a very special atmosphere. In particular, it can be seen in local dances that became known worldwide: Conga, Rumba, and Salsa. Other attractions of the festival include street performances—comparsas. These days the festival is one of the best-loved celebrations across the island that is internationally renown to be a great fun!
Celebrations are usually held around July 26 with the Cuban national holiday.