International Creole Day

Creole Day, Jounen Kwéyòl on October 28, is a day to celebrate French-African Creole culture around the world.


Creole

We are many different mixes of African-French in the Caribbean, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

In the Caribbean, Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) was the richest colony, the richest French colony, and the first nation founded from a slave revolt. The fight for Haitian Independence pushed French plantation owners out across the Caribbean.

There were French communities in Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and Saint Lucia. The French community in Spanish Trinidad played a major role in the development of Caribbean Carnival traditions. In 1803 French New Orleans became a vibrant cosmopolitan city of the United States.

 

Creole is a root of both Caribbean and U.S. American culture. Blues, jazz, and rock have Creole roots.

We can’t be who we are today as Americans of the United States without being part Creole. It is not only French-Black, it is part of all of us.


Creole Day

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 ~ The world’s big Creole Day celebration is on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia where almost everyone speaks Saint Lucian French Creole (Kwéyòl).

 


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