Happy New Year folks!!! I'm looking forward to what God has in store for me this year! In addition to celebrating 2014, I also celebrated Haiti's Independence Day. For those that don't know, both my parents are Haitian and growing up, my house was pretty much lil Haiti in Takoma Park, MD lol. Haiti gained it's independence from France in 1804. We are the first Black country to gain our independence. When Haitians revolted against the French, it had a huge impact on enslaved Black people around the world, Black people started to realize that they should and could also fight for their freedom. I'm forever grateful for those Haitian soldiers and the gift of freedom they gave to Haitians and Black people worldwide.
In honor of our Independence, I chose to wear our flag colors, red, white, and blue and celebrate at my parents house with a traditional soup Joumou lunch. Soup Joumou is traditionally had every year on January 1st. It is a winter squashed based soup filled with potatoes, meat, carrots, celery, and tons of other yummy goodness. Before 1804, Soup Joumou was only allowed to be eaten by the French slave masters. On January 1, 1804 newly freed slaves made soup Joumou and ate it for the first time. Over 200 years later, The Soup Joumou tradition continues each new year in Haitian households worldwide.
Blouse: purchased in Italy, Skirt: ideeli, Shoes: Zara (old)