Cubans honor Saint Barbara's feast day

BAHIA HONDA, Cuba - Cubans have paid tribute to Saint Barbara and the Santeria diety Chango with offerings of flowers, fruit, burning candles, drumming and animal sacrifices.
Chango is the orisha -- spirit or diety in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria -- of lightning, fire and war, and is associated in Cuba with Saint Barbara.
Believers hold ceremonies for "protection" from evil on Saint Barbara's feast day, which is held every Dec. 4 in Cuba.
Experts say as many as 80 percent of Cubans observe some kind of Santeria.

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