Festivals & Events
Public holidays in Haiti
The following are public holidays in Haiti. Many Vodou holidays are also celebrated, but are not considered public holidays.
The two most important holidays for Haitian Americans are Haitian Independence Day and Haitian Flag Day.
|Date||English name||Local name (in French)||Remarks|
|January 1||New Year's Day andIndependence Day||Nouvel an / Jour de l'an / Premier de l'aet Jour de l'Indépendance||Commemorates the day in 1804 when Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared independence and restored the country's native name.|
|January 2||Ancestry Day||Jour des Aieux||Commemorates ancestors and other loved ones who have died fighting for freedom.|
|January 6||Epiphany||Le Jour des Rois||Celebrates the Three Wise Men's visit to see the newborn Christ.|
|moveable||Carnival/Mardi Gras||Carnaval/Mardi Gras|
|May 1||Labour and Agriculture Day||Fête du Travail / Fête des Travailleurs||International holiday|
|May 18||Flag and Universities' Day||Jour du Drapeau et de l'Université||Celebrates its educational system and commemorates the creation of the flagat the 1803 Arcahaye Conference.|
|August 15||Assumption of Mary||L'Assomption de Marie||Roman Catholic holiday|
|October 17||Anniversary of the death of Dessalines||Anniversaire de la mort de Dessalines||Commemorates the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.|
|November 1||All Saints Day||La Toussaint||Roman Catholic holiday; commemorates the sainthood.|
|November 2||All Souls' Day||Jour des Morts||Roman Catholic holiday; commemorates the faithful departed.|
|November 18||Battle of Vertières Day||Vertières||Commemorates the victory over the French in the Battle of Vertières in the year 1803.|
|December 5||Discovery Day||Découverte d'Haïti||Commemorates Christopher Columbus' landing on Hispaniola in 1492.|
|December 25||Christmas||Noël||Celebrates the nativity of Jesus.|
In addition, the following Christian holidays are celebrated but their dates vary each year.
|Date||Name||Local name (in French)||Remarks|
|moveable||Ash Wednesday||Mercredi Des Cendres|
|moveable||Maundy Thursday||Jeudi saint|
|moveable||Good Friday||Vendredi saint|
|moveable||Ascension Day||Ascension||Thursday, 39 days after Easter|