No fanfare for Fidel Castro's 86th birthday

Former Cuban leader celebrates another year outside the limelight

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:13:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2012 02:59:16 PM EDT
Fidel Castro
HAVANA, Cuba -

Fidel Castro celebrates his 86th birthday Monday in Cuba without the usual fanfare.

There are no reported plans to honor the former "commander-in-chief" of the communist country today.   Instead, youth organizations plan to honor Rene Gonzalez, one of the members of the so-called "Cuban Five," a group of secret service agents who were convicted in the U.S. for spying for their homeland.

Castro has kept a low-profile since suffering a health crisis in 2006 and handing over the reigns of his revolution to his brother Raul.  His last public appearance was in March during Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the island.

Castro's "reflections," or editorials, that were regularly published on the state run newspaper "Granma," have also dwindled.