February 2nd was the Feast of Our Lady of Light (or in Creole: Fet Lachandle) which is the Catholic church here in Gros-Morne. Yet the celebrating was not just for the Catholics. Our main street was suddenly bursting with merchants who have traveled from all over the country and pilgrims who slept in the church courtyard. Our church was brimming every night for a nine day novena and well-known priests and bishops from Port-au-Prince led some services.
|Yeah, I creeped.|
We celebrated Barack's birthday:
|Blowing out candles with his family|
Last weekend was Kanaval (Mardi Gras/Carnival) where the main celebration was up north in a coastal town called Cap-Haitian (OKap) and here in town people celebrated by following a giant truck loaded with speakers, dancing down the street.
And of course there was Valentine's Day!
There were no jumbo-sized teddy bears, flower deliveries, or heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Instead people wished each other "Bon Fet," sent text messages that read "long live true love" and the local high school had a program on the basketball court complete with love song karaoke.
Aileen did a great activity at the school where the kids colored valentines.
|"Happy Valentine's Day" is "Bon Fet Sen Valanten"|
And then I turned 23. Aileen made some awesome brownies and gave me fake purple hanging flowers (it's what all the cool Haitians use to decorate). Laurie supplied Life of Pi for us to watch and they both treated me to dinner at the river bar, making it a great birthday.