Merry Christmas! In this time of year we are so grateful to you for your support. Without each of you the accomplishments this past year for the children and people of Haiti would not have been possible. Post earthquake and battling cholera, Haitians continue to survive. As you celebrate with family and friends, please remember those you have touched throughtout the year in Haiti.
Haitians love Christmas. A few notes below about Christmas in Haiti:
- Christmas day is spent singing, dancing, eating, and playing with new toys.
- Throughout the country fanals are seen. Fanals are miniature, lantern-like homes that are part of Haiti’s Christmas tradition. A candle placed inside illuminates the fragile craft and creates a stained-glass effect. The size of either a shoe box or as small as a camera, fanals are often placed in windows to light the way.
- The children set off firecrackers that they make, or purchase at market. Many Haitians attend midnight mass, and return home to enjoy “reveillon” meals. The word “reveillon” is French for a Christmas (or New Year’s Eve) supper, and comes from the verb meaning ‘to wake up.’ The meal usually consist of rice and beans, with fried chicken soaked in a mild sauce. The meal is more a breakfast than a supper. It begins early in the morning and often last until nearly dawn. Everyone’s homes is open, with the lights left on until 3 am.
May God Bless you and your families for your compassion!
the tCHF team!