Haitian Flag Day (officially May 18) is a major national holiday in Haiti, where the flag is a symbol of great pride. The flag features the coat of arms of the Republic represented by a palm tree (symbolizing independence), and the legend In Union There is Strength.
The Maplewood Library will be holding its own celebration on Saturday, May 19, from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm at their Hilton Branch at 1688 Springfield Avenue. The festivities are family-friendly, free, and open to all.
Mynkea Macenat from Passport to Haiti will start the day off with Haitian Folktales beginning at 10:30. Traditional games, including marbles, jump rope, hopscotch, checkers and dominoes can be played throughout the event, and a tasting of Haitian cuisine will start at 11:30. Woulibam Restaurant will provide black rice, deep fried pork, Haitian meatballs and spicy cabbage for participants to sample.
The celebration is sponsored by The Friends of the Maplewood Library
LibraryLinkNJ, Passport to Haiti and Woulibam Restaurant