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Cuba Sees Green in Cigar Festival

Cuban workers harvest tobacco leaves. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP - Getty Images

A Cuban worker harvests tobacco leaves, above, on a plantation in the San Juan y Martinez municipality, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, on Feb. 25.

The 16th Havana Festival, the world's premier cigar event, began on Monday with cigar enthusiasts from around the world coming to Cuba to visit tobacco farms and factories and savor new brands. The festival will conclude on Friday with a gala dinner and auction, where cigar buyers bid on cigars and humidors to raise money for Cuba's healthcare system.

Image: A worker collects tobacco leaves
epa04098332 A photo made available on 23 Febraury 2014 shows a worker collecting tobacco leafs at San Juan y Martinez municipality, Pinar del Rio province in Cuba, on 21 February 2014. The XVI edition of the 'Festival of Havana Cigars' will start on 24 February 2014 in Havana as a homage to main Cuban tobacco and cigar brands such as 'Hoyo de Monterrey', 'Partagas' or 'Trinidad'. EPA/ALEJANDRO ERNESTO ALEJANDRO ERNESTO / EPA
Image: Workers collect tobacco leaves
epa04098329 A photo made available on 23 Febraury 2014 shows a group of workers as they collect tobacco leafs at San Juan y Martinez municipality, Pinar del Rio province in Cuba, on 21 February 2014. The XVI edition of the 'Festival of Havana Cigars' will start on 24 February 2014 in Havana as a homage to main Cuban tobacco and cigar brands such as 'Hoyo de Monterrey', 'Partagas' or 'Trinidad'. EPA/ALEJANDRO ERNESTO ALEJANDRO ERNESTO / EPA
Image: A Cuban worker sews up tobacco leaves
A Cuban worker sews up tobacco leaves. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP - Getty Images
Image: Cuban workers prepare the land to plant tobacco
Cuban workers prepare the land to plant tobacco. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP - Getty Images