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Relationship: Im/migrant

In Haiti there is a tradition we celebrate every 1st and 2nd of November, it’s called Guede. In those two days we drink “kleren”, which is alcohol but we drink it different ways like sometimes we put pepper in it, others eat. We did it to celebrate our dead people, and every time we drink there is a phrase that we say to honor and remember them (Voye Lanmo Ale), it’s basically just means to let them go. We also combine the drink with other sweets like fruit or energy drinks or beer. People often get really drunk on this holiday and there is a saying that do not let the children stay in the street past midnight because our dead might take them away. We have many traditions, this one it’s the most important for us, as we drink our “Kleren” made by us and laugh as we remember our loved ones that pass away and ancestors who leaves  the legacies of making the drink for us, the adult drink their nostalgia away, while the children get to hear the story from back in the day and play all night. 

Place(s): Brooklyn New York (Haiti)
Year: 2019

– D.K.

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant