Haitian Flag Day History 2015: The Real Meaning…
The Haitian flag has long been a symbol of pride for Haiti. Haitian Flag Day on Monday, May 18, is all about celebrating the culture and heritage of the Haitian flag, which is emblazoned with the country’s coat of arms and the colors red and blue, adopted from the French flag. Haiti gained its independence from colonial rule in 1804, making it the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to do so, and the second republic to defeat a European colonial power in the Americas.
Haitian Flag Day events took place not just in Haiti, but in U.S. cities as well. “We just want people to come and enjoy the day, taste the food, listen to the music, and see how joyful this population is,” Indira-Charles-Hyppolite told WTOC-TV while attending a weekend Haitian Flag Day celebration in Savannah, Georgia. “We want them to know we will be here until midnight, dancing, singing, and eating.”
The Haitian flag as it’s known today first came into use in 1806. The story behind the flag’s red-and-blue backdrop is that Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a leader in the Haitian Revolution against France, removed the white in the French flag to symbolize an end to white European influence. The blue is said to represent the former African slaves who were brought to Haiti by the country’s colonial rulers. The red stands for people of mixed ancestry.