Friday, September 10, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Haiti

North AmericaHaitiFestivals & Holidays in Haiti

The following days are public holidays in Haiti. Many Vodou holidays are also celebrated but are not considered public holidays.

The two most important holidays for Haitian Americans are Haitian Independence Day and Haitian Flag Day.

DateEnglish nameComments
1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day and Independence DayCommemorates the day in 1804 when Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared the country’s independence and gave it back its original name.
2 JanuaryAncestors’ DayRemember the ancestors and other relatives who died in the struggle for freedom.
January 6EpiphanyCelebrate the visit of the Magi to the newborn Christ.
1 MayLabour and Agriculture DayInternational holidays
18 MayFlag and University DayCelebrates its education system and commemorates the creation of the flag at the Arcahaye Conference in 1803.
15 AugustAssumption DayRoman Catholic holidays
17 OctoberAnniversary of the death of DessalinesIn commemoration of the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
1 NovemberAll Saints’ DayRoman Catholic holiday; commemoration of sainthood.
2 NovemberDay of the SoulsRoman Catholic holiday; commemoration of the faithful departed.
18 NovemberDay of the Battle of VertièresCommemorates the victory over the French at the Battle of Vertières in 1803.
5 DecemberDiscovery DayCommemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus on Hispaniola in 1492.
25 DecemberChristmasCelebrate the birth of Jesus.