No matter what kind of night December 31st brings me, I will wake up early and run to my mother’s kitchen for my favorite holiday tradition of eating Soup Joumou. It is essentially the highlight of the year for myself and my friends who “just happen to be” in the neighborhood that day. Soup Joumou is a traditional delicious soup made every New Years’ on January 1, as a tribute to Haiti’s independence in 1804 from France. During the colonization, the French forbade Haitians from consuming pumpkin soup as it was considered too sophisticated for the palate of mere slaves. After the historic revolution, Haitians eat pumpkin soup every January 1, to commemorate that freedom. I missed it one year because I spent the night at my boyfriend’s (now husband) house and didn’t want to make the 45 minute drive – never again people. I need it to ground my year – and 2015 is already shaping up to be a remarkable one. Hope you find and commemorate your freedom too! Happy New Year.
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