QUICK FACTS ABOUT HAITI

Current President: Michel Joseph Martelly
Prime Minister: Laurent Salvador Lamothe
Independence: January 1st, 1804 (from France)
National Anthem: La Dessalinienne
Currency: Gourde
Religions: Roman Catholic (80%), Protestant (15%), other (2%),Voodoo as sole religion (3%) Voodo as a secondary religion (98%).
Area Code: 509

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Official Name: Republic of Haïti
Motto: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Area: 27.750 Km2
Capital: Port-au-Prince (Largest city)
Official Languages: French, Haitian Creole
Population: 9 801 764
Ethnicity: Black (95%) Mulatto and White(5%) notes: Haitian constitution specifies:
( All Citizens must be known as “Black” regardless of skin color)
National Bird: Hispaniolan Trogon
National Flower: Hibiscus

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The Flag : Map of The World

Adopted on February 26, 1986, the national flag of Haiti is divided in half horizontally, with the top half in blue and the bottom half in red. In the center of the flag is the Haitian coat of arms. The flag of Haiti is a bicolor flag, divided horizontally with blue on the upper half and red on the lower half.In the center, the coat of arms of Haiti is positioned in a white rectangle.

The coat of arms features a palm tree, topped with the Phyrgian cap, a symbol of liberty, and surrounded by six Haitian flags. The tree is flanked by cannons, and between them are several objects, including a drum and bugles, and a broken chain. Across the bottom of the coat of arms is a banner that reads “L’Union Fait La Force,” which means “Unity is Strength.”

The colors of the Haitian flag reflect Haiti’s status as a former French colony, using the red and blue from the French flag. The story behind this resemblance is that the revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines created the flag from the French flag, removing the white center and rotating the stripes, the blue and red left to represent Haitians, symbolically removing any remnants of white influence. The blue represented the former slaves and the red represented the mulatto population, who are people of mixed black and white ancestry.  The flag first came into use in 1806, and was made official by the national constitution on February 25, 2012.

Haiti National Anthem:

La Dessalinienne is the national anthem of Haiti, honoring Jean-Jacques Dessalines. It was written by Justin Lhérisson and composed by Nicolas Geffrard in French and adopted in 1904. Haitians who have been to school are more likely to know the first and last stanzas. The others (especially the fourth one) are rarely sung.

Haitian People:

A Haitian, or Haitian people (Kreyòl: Ayisyen) are the inhabitants or citizens of Haiti. Haiti is a multi-ethnic nation, home to people of different ethnic and national backgrounds from West Central region of Africa, Polish, Jews (during the Holocaust), French and Taino Indian influences who are native to the country of Haiti, in the west of the island of Hispaniola. Their official language is French and Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen) is another language that is spoken there which is a dialect of the French Language. 60% Percent of Haitians are of African descent. Sacatras, also known in Creole as ‘’brin’’, are heavily of African descent.

Haiti Language:

The official language of Haiti is French but they also speak Haitian Creole. All Haitians speak Haitian Creole, while only about 30% of the population can be considered bilingual in French and Haitian Creole. About 70% of the population speaks Haitian Creole only. Traditionally, the two languages served different functions, with Haitian Creole the informal everyday language of all the people, regardless of social class, and French the language of formal situations: schools, newspapers, the law and the courts, and official documents and decrees. However, because the vast majority of Haitians speak only Creole, there have been efforts in recent years to expand its uses. In 1979, a law was passed that permitted Creole to be the language of instruction, and the Constitution of 1983 gave Creole the status of a national language. However, it was only in 1987 that the Constitution granted official status to Creole. – Wikipedia

Republic of Haiti: National Holidays

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January 1: Independence Day
January 2: Ancestors’ Day
May 1: Agriculture and Labor Day
May 18: Flag and University Day
October 17: Anniversary of the Death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines
October 24: United Nations Day
November 1: All Saints Day
November 2: All Souls Day
November 18: Battle of Vertières’ Day
December 25: Christmas Day

Legal / Religious / Traditional Holidays
(some dates vary according to the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church)

Carnival (Monday through Ash Wednesday)
Good Friday
Pan-American Day: April 14
Ascension Thursday
Feast of the Assumption
Corpus Christi

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18 comments

  • Im from haiti and I love to see how much we have grown and all the unique things he have to offer.

  • Haiti is rich and abundant in unlimited ways…. yes we send you love

    • Thank you so very much, I really appreciate the support 🙂

  • I’m glad to find a website like this, because I left Haiti 38 years ago ,for my own good,I ‘m very proud to be Haitian and my kids who are Haitian-American are very proud to have some one like me as a mother. Some one with deep roots and not afraid of the unknown.As Haitians we are not afraid of any thing or any one ,but we do respect and give respect to all.

  • I am the former Miss Teen Haitian SWFL and it makes me sooooo happy to see a website representing and empowering my people like this. Keep going and God Bless!

    • Hi Cherline, Thank you for stopping by and supporting the blog. I hope I can make some kind of difference in the way people think about us.. Bless!!

  • Ayiti means high mountains in Taino, the indigenous language. Not in Haitian Creole, which it is Gros Morne, the town my family is from. The original name of the island was Ayiti-Quisqeya-Bohio.

    • But I should add that this was a beautiful and well put together, representation of our people and homeland. Thank you

  • im haitian american and im twelve years old i was born in haiti i came here when i was little and these pictures are beautifu;l

  • trust me haiti isnt 95% black thats what american wants people to believe. Ayiti is Africa in the New World but, were not…were haitians

  • I am pretty sure the facts on Voodoo are not accurate. If 3% exclusively practice voodoo and 98% practice it as a secondary religion, that amounts to 101%. Not only does this number not make sense, but it pretty says that ALL Haitians practice Voodoo when in fact that is a lie. I am Haitian and grew up around Haitians and have yet to meet one who does practice it. I know my family certainly does not. This number is completely unrealistic and is creating a certain image of our country that instills fear in others (mainly because the practice Voodoo may be misunderstood).

    • I completely understand what you are saying, and your right I don’t know a single person in my family that does, heck, we don’t even believe in it but the author Molly stated that her facts were researched so im not sure. All I can do is reach out to her with your question..

  • haiti is so beautiful. i’m from Jamaica and doing some research about Caribbean countries for my Caribbean studies class. a big thumbs up to you Haitians as you and your ancestors before you are a force to be reckon with you taught the caribbean that slavery was never a permanent state of being

  • I am Haitian, I was born and raised in Haiti. I came in United States for political reason. I am currently pursuing my bachelor on business administration and Finance. My goal is to invest in Haiti as much as I can; educate the Haitian people, and create jobs opportunities. I have a group on Facebook called Haitian Entrepreneur n which members get to discuss on issues down here. I am very passionate about Haiti!!!!

  • I’m proud to say i’m Haitian i came to the United state when i was 13 year ago I’m still learning more everyday about my country a lot of stuff they say about Haiti is not true i love being haitian 100%

  • I invite you and your readers to Like this page of a great project taking place in Lamontay near Jacmel:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Centre-de-Yoga-et-Permaculture-Haiti/1562483637307736?sk=settings&tab=apps

  • JEAN CLAUDE CHARLES

    HEY I LOVE THIS PAGE. FEEL VERY PROUD TO BE HAITIAN

  • I like the facts that I find on the Internet a website that talks well about Haiti. I’m tired to see how other country are trying to sell a bad image about Haiti ,like they don’t have dirty places just like we do

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