Tag Archives: Haiti

today’s holiday: Haiti Flag and University Day


Haiti Flag and University Day

National unity is a primary theme of Flag and University Day in Haiti, an independence celebration and an occasion to recognize the country’s educational system. Flag Day became an annual celebration shortly after Catherine Flon sewed the first red and blue flag in 1803, a year before Haiti won its independence from France. The government incorporated University Day as part of the celebration in 1919. Haitians wave flags throughout the day’s parades and fairs, which take place throughout Haiti as well as in New York and Miami, two cities with large Haitian communities. More… Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: Dominican Republic Gains Independence from Haiti (1844)


Dominican Republic Gains Independence from Haiti (1844)

Occurring in the midst of the Dominican Republic’s turbulent 19th-century history, the 1844 revolt that overthrew French-Haitian rule established an independent republic with a presidency that was, in turns, held by Pedro Santana and Buenaventura Báez. Each president at one point tried to bring stability to the country through foreign rule—the former through Spain and the latter through the US. During what period did the US occup

today’s holiday/celebration: Manger Yam


Manger Yam

Manger Yam is a harvest celebration of the yam crop observed in Haiti. It is considered taboo to eat any of the new yams before the festival for fear of falling ill or bringing ruin to the yam crop. In Vodoun belief, it is very important for people to maintain relationships with the dead, as well as with each other and the gods, so the deceased are included in the Manger Yam. In the Vodoun service, the priest or priestess leads prayers to the dead and to the gods and offers the first yams to them. After the ceremony, people feast on yam dishes and enjoy music and dancing. More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Merengue Festival


Merengue Festival

The merengue is a lively Caribbean dance that originated in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The world’s most famous merengue festival takes place in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital city, where outdoor stages are set up along the city’s waterfront, and top bands play merengue music while couples swirl and shake to the fast-paced, pulsating rhythms. In addition to watching the performances and competitions among merengue dancers, festivalgoers can enjoy the music of DJs and bands on the street, imbibe rum and beer, and eat the signature pork sandwiches, chimichurris. More… Discuss

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: Haiti Flag and University Day


Haiti Flag and University Day

National unity is a primary theme of Flag and University Day in Haiti, an independence celebration and an occasion to recognize the country’s educational system. Flag Day became an annual celebration shortly after Catherine Flon sewed the first red and blue flag in 1803, a year before Haiti won its independence from France. The government incorporated University Day as part of the celebration in 1919. Haitians wave flags throughout the day’s parades and fairs, which take place throughout Haiti as well as in New York and Miami, two cities with large Haitian communities. More… Discuss

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Wreck May Be that of Santa Maria


Wreck May Be that of Santa Maria

“In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Three ships set out on this historic voyage, the Santa María, the Niña, and the Pinta, but only two returned. The Santa María ran aground on a reef near Haiti on Christmas Day and was stripped of its timbers for use in building a small fort, La Navidad, on the island—the first European settlement in the New World. Now, more than 500 years later, the remains of the famous ship may have been located. Further investigation is needed to conclusively identify the wreck, but its size and location are consistent with historic records. More… Discuss

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Daniel François Esprit Auber – Ouverture Gustave III (1833)


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Daniel François Esprit Auber – Ouverture Gustave III (1833)

 

Daniel François Esprit Auber portrait

Daniel François Esprit Auber portrait (Photo credit: Bergen Public Library)

 

Daniel François Esprit Auber (29 January 1782 — 12/13 May 1871) was a French composer.
Ouverture “Gustave III”, ou “Le bal masqué”
Librettist Eugène Scribe (1791-1861)
English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge
Paris: E. Troupenas, n.d.(1833). Plate 721.
Reprinted:
New York: Garland, 1980

 

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Today’s Holiday: HAITI ANCESTORS’ DAY


Haiti Ancestors’ Day

In Haiti, the Independence Day festivities that occur on the first day of the year continue into the second with Jour des Aieux (Ancestors’ Day), an occasion for remembering the founders of Haiti and those who sacrificed their lives during the revolution of the early 19th century. A large meal often accompanies the day’s festivities, and military processions may also take place on Ancestors’ Day. In years past, particularly during the reign of President François Duvalier (1971–1986), the executive leader used this day to broadcast speeches to the nation. More…Discuss

 

HAITIANS SUE UN IN US COURT OVER CHOLERA OUTBREAK


Haitians Sue UN in US Court over Cholera Outbreak

Victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed more than 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000 since late 2010 have filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the UN in US court. Though a UN-appointed panel concluded that it could not definitively identify the epidemic‘s source, an American investigation found strong evidence to suggest that UN peacekeepers from Nepal, where the disease is endemic, touched off the epidemic in Haiti by dumping raw sewage near a river used for drinking water. Earlier this year, the UN formally rejected victims’ requests for compensation, prompting them to take legal actionMore… Discuss