January

 

Independence Day

1 January is Independence Day, where the nation celebrates its birth as the first free black republic born of the modern world’s only successful slave revolution. Soup jomou (pumpkin soup) is always eaten on this day.

 

February

 

Carnival

Haiti puts on its party hat for carnival season. There are two main events: the national carnival, held in a different city each year, and the flamboyant Jacmel carnival, with its amazing parade of papier-mâché sculptures and traditional folk-hero costumes.

 

March

 

Souvenance

On the Easter weekend, Vodou adherents make a pilgrimage to Souvenance, near Gonaïves, for one of the biggest events of the religious calendar – a mass celebration of Vodou spirits of Dahomey, who were carried across the sea in slave ships from Africa.

 

April

 

Rain, rain, rain

April sees the start of the rainy season – the humidity slowly starts to ramp up and you need to prepare for sudden tropical downpours.

 

May

 

Flag Day

The national holiday of Flag Day is celebrated every 18 May, and the whole country seems to flutter with blue-and-white flags.

 

June

 

Get your teeeth into a mango

June is the height of Haiti’s mango season, and the marketplaces groan with delicious fruit. The Madame Francis variety that abounds is recognised as one of the tastiest varieties in the world. 

 

July

 

Carnival des Fleurs

Port-au-Prince gears up for its annual Carnival des Fleurs, and the streets downtown throng with processions, music and party-goers.

 

August

 

Head south for some fêtes patronales

August is the busiest month of the year for fêtes patronales in the south – local festivals that mark a town’s patron saint. With plenty of music and rum, they’re a great way to experience the character of local Haitian life.

 

October

 

Visit Haiti’s answer to a wonder of the world The dry months in northern Haiti are about to come to an end, making this the perfect time to travel from Cap-Haïtien to see the astonishing fortress of the Citadelle la Ferrière, Haiti’s eighth wonder of the world. 

 

November

 

Fet Gede

The start of November sees Fet Gede, Haiti’s ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations. A national holiday, everything stops for the raucous tributes to the spirits of the dead held in cemeteries and Vodou temples across the country.

 

December

 

Spend Christmas on the beach

The south of Haiti sees the starts of its driest winter months at the close of the year – an ideal moment to make for the picture-postcard beaches of Port Salut, Ile-a-Vache and Cayes-Jacmel.

 

 

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