In Haiti, Catholics, Protestants, and even those who do not follow Christianity celebrate at Easter time. Good Friday is an official public holiday each year.
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Good Friday, when Jesus’ death on the cross is remembered, is a major focus of Easter events. Plus, there are observances and church services during all of Holy Week. That means a continuously festivity from Palm Sunday, when people decorate their homes with palm leaves, till Easter Sunday.
All over Haiti you will see “rara bands,” which are colourfully dressed singers and dancers, in the streets all Holy Week. And you will also see many street vendors selling rara band shirts as well as colourfully designed paper kites.
Interestingly, almost all Haitians attend church on Easter Sunday, even if at no other time of year. And yet, Good Friday is the day of Holy Week where the big festive meal is served. It will be of fish, rice, beans, beet roots – but never red meat, regardless of whether one is Catholic or Protestant.
Finally, note that many kids will go on youth retreats during Holy Week, to learn of the meaning of Christ’s Resurrection, have fun, and “stay out of trouble”. But many other kids will be seen in their own streets flying homemade “Easter Kites”.