On October 17th, Haitians honor the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a military general responsible for naming the modern day Haiti, and later an emperor of the country. Haitians are proud that their country became one of the first independent nations in the Americas.

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was a leader of the Haitian Revolution and the first ruler of an independent Haiti under the 1805 constitution. Initially regarded as governor-general, Dessalines later named himself Emperor Jacques I of Haiti (1804–1806). He is regarded as a founding father of Haiti.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Jacques_Dessalines, https://theculturetrip.com/caribbean/haiti/articles/the-10-best-festivals-in-haiti/