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Holidays & Observances in Haiti

Haiti is a French-speaking country in the Caribbean. It shares the large island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Haiti was the first republic in the world with a majority black population and a leader of African descent (though it was occupied by the US for 19 years in the early 1900s). It has never enjoyed a stable political scene or a healthy economy, but it has a strong sense of national identity keeping ties to its African roots. Many people in Haiti practice the African religion of Vodun, though most proclaim themselves Christian. In many cases Vodun and Christianity are mixed. Many Vodun festivals are celebrated in Haiti, and many of the Christian holidays celebrated incorporate Vodun traditions.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Discovery Day Public
Discovery Day Public
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Independence Day Haiti Public
Epiphany Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic