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   Wednesday, November 13, 2019 

Haiti Haiti: Events

What is happening in Haiti:

The Haiti is marked by a number of festive events from Carnival and Calypso celebrations to International fishing tournaments and weekly street parties.

January

  • Independence Day - January 1
  • Ancestry Day - January 2

February

Carnival or Mardi Gras begins before the week before Ash Wednesday, with the main action around the capital Port-au-Prince. They are large bands with massive sound systems that drive around playing music and people dancing and having a grand time. Carnival comes before Rara, which has been dubbed the 'rural Carnival.'

April

  • Death of Toussaint L'Ouverture - April 7

July

  • Saut d'Eau - July 16
  • Plaine du Nord - July 25
  • Feast Day of St. Anne - July 26

The two major Voodoo pilgrimages that take place ear year occur during the month of July. Saut d'Eau happens on July 16 in the village of Ville-Bonheur. Pilgrims journey to the sacred waterfall and visit a church built on the spot where the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared in 1884. The second occurs on July 25, which is celebrated on the day of St. James and is associated with the Voodoo spirit Ogou Ferraille. Pilgrims come from all over the country dressed in red-and-blue clothes for the ceremonies. They usually move on to Limonade where the feast day of St. Anne doubles up with Erzulie, another Voodoo spirit.

August

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

October

  • Death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines - October 17

November

  • All Saints Day - November 1
  • All Souls Day - November 2
  • Vertieres Day - November 18

People visit the cemeteries to pour libations for Baron Samedi around crosses festooned with candles, skulls and marigolds. These visits are done on November 1 and 2 to celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day respectively.

December

  • Discovery Day - December 5
  • Christmas Day - 25th December


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