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West Indies Celebrations & Holidays
Every year, the islands of the Caribbean host hundreds of carnivals, festivals and holiday celebrations. Special events abound in this region, so regardless of which country you visit, there is a good chance something exciting will be going on.
Although Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, the country has a proud and noble history: It was the first independent country in Latin America and the Caribbean, the first black-led republic in the world and the second republic in the Americas after it gained independence in 1804, the result of a successful slave revolution that lasted nearly a decade. Many celebrations integrate voodoo and oral history (known as "krik krak" in Haiti), and its lively festivities reflects Haiti's deep Creole roots.
In some countries, the day after Christmas, Boxing Day, is a public holiday, and the merrymaking continues. 'Open House' is a popular feature, in which friends, and friends of friends, are welcomed into someome's home to visit, eat and drink in an informal setting.