Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Traditions In Haiti

On Christmas Eve, the children place their cleaned up shoes filled with straw, on the porch or under the tree in anticipation of Papa Noel or Pere Noel (Santa Claus) bringing goodies. 

Photo Credit: Pixolog

Haitians attend Midnight Mass, and after mass they enjoy réveillon with family and friends.  

Réveillon (a long leisurely dinner) is a holiday tradition in all of the French Caribbean islands - and also a French Creole tradition in New Orleans. 


Beautiful photo! Christmas pageant on Christmas Eve in Port-au-Prince

Haiti Christmas Lights - Photo Credit: Life Offering

Cut pine branches often serve as Christmas trees and are decorated with lights and bright ornaments along with a nativity scene. 
Photo Credit: Gradual Dazzle

Most of the French Caribbean islands favorite seasonal drink is Ti Punch. However on the island of Haiti the drink of choice is Anisette which is a mild alcoholic beverage prepared by soaking "anise" leaves in rum and sweetening it with sugar.

Happy Travels,

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