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Christmas in Haiti

By Lamarre Presuma

Christmas is a feast that celebrates all over the world every year. Some country celebrate it the same way, some others celebrate it in a different way.

In Haiti, Christmas is very good because everybody does a preparation for it. In Creole they call it "TONTON NWEL" meaning "Uncle Christmas".

Some Haitians celebrate it as Jesus birthday. Every big stores and companies always give bonus for that feast and they always organize a drawing, if the people who participate in that drawing win they probably receive things such as: car, motorcycle, television, telephone etc.

Some of singers prepare songs for the Christmas period and in December 24th there is a competition for them to see who prepares nice song and who sings best. The one who sings and prepares best for Christmas period will receive a great gift.

During that period, each member of any families has a feeling to enjoy and to meet together to celebrate the Christmas period even if they are far or outside the country they want to come and see each other.

The December 24th is very special, so families, boyfriends, girlfriend meet together to drink, to dance, to enjoy and to give nice jokes.

Finally, Christmas is a hot period in Haiti; it's the greatest feast in Haiti. Everybody appreciates it, Admires it, the Creole name that they give to December 24th is "REVEYON" Meaning Christmas Eve, in other words stay all night to enjoy the Christ.

A huge thank you to Lamarre for contributing this piece for our blog. Lamarre is one of our applicants for next semester. If you want to help him, and others like him, please click here!

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