After the long-serving former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro, died at the age of 90 on the evening of 25 November, arrangements have been made for the state funeral and celebration of the life of the 20th century icon.

According to current President and younger brother of Fidel, Raul Castro, the former revolutionary leader's body was cremated as per his wishes in the early hours of Saturday 26 November. The ashes will then be on display for the public to visit. Nine days of mourning have been declared in the island nation.

According to local blog, the Havana Times, the ashes will stay at the José Martí Memorial in the Cuban capital, Havana on 28 and 29 November for the public to see. On 29 November a large gathering will take place in Havana's Plaza de la Revolucion.

From 30 November to 3 December, Castro's ashes will retrace the steps in reverse of the 'Caravan of Freedom' – a march Castro and his revolutionaries took from the city of Santiago de Cuba to Havana to take power in January 1959.

The ashes will travel almost 900km, down the length of most of the country. On 3 December another large gathering will take place to mourn Castro at Plaza Antonio Maceo in Santiago de Cuba at 7pm local time.

The next day, 4 December, Fidel Castro will be buried at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba around 7am local time.