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Le Festival du Rhum Haiti

The Haitian Rum festival is a celebration of alcoholic beverages from across the coast. Started in 2014, the event features tastings, workshops and cooking demonstrations by renowned rum experts.

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The Dessalines Day of Haiti

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.

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Haiti’s Ancestry Day

On January 2 Ancestry Day, celebrates the memory of the Haitian forefathers who fought to gain independence from France. The day is commemorated by military processions and often features public addresses.

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Official Language in Haiti

Haiti’s official language has been French. However, the language spoken by the vast majority of the people is kreyol, whose pronunciation and vocabulary are derived largely from French but whose syntax is similar to that of other creoles.

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Haiti’s Biggest Celebration

Carnival is Haiti’s biggest celebration, from “carnavale,” which in Latin means “meat farewell.” It begins at the end of January and ends with “Fat Tuesday,” or Mardi Gras, when different types of fats are consumed.

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Haiti’s History

Haiti was the first independent country in Latin America and the Caribbean, the first black-led republic in the world and the second republic in the Americas after it gained independence in 1804.

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Voodo in Haiti

Voodoo was recognized as an official religion in Haiti in 2003, and many Haitians practice elements of voodoo in addition to another religion, most often Roman Catholicism. Carnival and New Year’s Day are the biggest holidays for most Haitians.

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Haiti’s Meaning

Haiti is the most mountainous nation in the Caribbean. Hayti is the Indian name for the country and means “land of the mountains.” Haiti’s mountain peaks reach over 8,000 feet.

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