The Soup Joumou(Pumpkin Soup)

The Soup Joumou
The Soup Joumou

Soup Joumou is really important for me, my family, my culture. Back on January 1, 1804, it was an unforgettable day, it was a successful decade-long slave rebellion against French Colonial rule, it made Haiti the world’s first Black republic. African slaves were expected to prepare the soup for their slave owners, but they were forbidden from tasting it. That all changed when the slaves overthrew the French and Haiti declared itself an independent nation. So since that battle every January 1st, every Haitian prepares the soup to commemorate Haiti’s independence, It reminds us what our ancestors did for us, and where we came from, our struggles. My family, my school always tell me stories about what happened that day it makes me proud of who I am, my culture, and how hard our ancestors fought for our freedom. Every January 1st, we celebrate these moments, I remember when I was little my family, and my friends always bring me to these traditions, and tell me the history behind them. 

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

Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child