Happy Black History Month!
Besides being the shortest month of the year, February is the month in which we celebrate love and black history especially in North America. I feel that as the years are going by, Black History Month is not as celebrated or as ackowledged as I remember it used to be back then; especially here in Canada. I feel that BHM is not taken as seriously as it should.
On another note, to kick off this year Black History Month celebration on my blog, I am doing this Ethnicity Tag Questionnaire just to let you guys know a little more about me and where I come from. Here we go:
1.Favorite Haitian dish
I have so many favorite Haitian dishes, but my favorite is griot ak bannann fri (fried pork and fried plantain). Although this dish is more of a delicacy than it is an everyday meal. I would not recommend to have fried pork on a daily basis because it will keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels up the roof. It is one of those meals to have once in blue moon or at parties.
2.Your mother/father’s favorite phrase
“O o Gade pitit” which means ” o o look child” this one of amongst all the phrases they like to say on a daily basis.
3.Which province is your family from?
My dad is from the South of Haiti, from Pestel to be exact and my mom is from the West, Ganthier.
4. Have you ever been to Haiti?
I left in 1999 and I haven’t been there since then. Although I feel nostalgic and miss home all the time. I miss the all year round hot and sunny wheather. But I do hope to go someday and I’ll document my experience when I do get the chance to go.
5.Do you speak Creole/French?
I speak both Creole and French.
6.What do you appreciate most about your ethnicity?
I love the fact that we are a predominantly Black country and we come in different shades of Black.
7.What does being Haitian mean to you?
Being Haitian to me means being resilient. We don’t give up no matter how tough things get and we are proud of our rich history, especially being the first Black country to fight for and gain it’s independence.
8.Show us your favorite Haitian artifacts
This is called Pilon (old fashion food processor/smasher). It is found in most Haitian households. Besides it being something that we use to prep our food with, it is also an art piece because it is not factory made, but it is intricately carved by hand.
I was surprised to find this at a thrift store. The moment I saw it, I knew that I had to get it although it was in pretty bad shape, I thought “ain’t nothing a little oil can’t clean” 🙂
This is the most emotional piece of art that I own. It was painted by my uncle who passed away about 5 years ago. I like that painting because it captures the true essence of my country, which is it’s mountains, waters, villages and villagers.
9.Do you know how to dance Kompa?
Of course I do. When I was younger I made it my mission to learn how to dance kompa. The fact that I left at a young age, forgetting about my culture was inevitable. But I tried to the best of my abilities to hold on to it by speaking my language, learning how to cook our foods, holding on to some of our traditions and learning how to dance kompa…
10.What’s your favorites Haitian musicians/songs?
I have so many favorite artists, but I’ll just name a few: Emmeline Michel, Carimi, Mikaben, JBeats, Boukman, KingPosse, Michel Martelly and more….
Favorites songs, I have too many to name but the one i’m mentioning is the song my hubby and I danced to for our first dance atour wedding reception.
That is about it for this Ethnicity Tag. I hope you enjoyed reading this and let me know in the comments section where you are from and what you like about your ethnicity!!!