Haitian Flag Day? What is that all about?

Happy Haitian Flag day to all my Haitian people as well as those who are Haitian by association.  The Haitian flag was created on May 18, 1803 a year before Haiti became the first free black republic. Haitian Flag Day is a major holiday. Parades, food, music, flags being flown high are pretty common sightings in areas with a large Haitian population.

With any good flag creation story there is a woman. For Haiti it was  Catherine Flon. As the story goes  Jean-Jacques Dessalines created the flag by taking a French tricolor and ripping out the white center, which he discarded. He then asked Catherine Flon, his god-daughter, to sew the remaining bands together.

The words on the Flag  L’Union Fait La Force  means Unity Makes Strength.

A good site that you may want to check out to learn more about Haitian Flag day is http://www.haitiantreasures.com/HT_haitian_flag.day1.htm 

On an intercultural note if you do see someone with a Haitian flag please refrain from saying “You don’t look Haitian.”

Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

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