MANY CELEBRATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE IN FEBRUARY
The month of February brings many celebrations of independence by
four of our Caribbean Islands in the Greater Houston Area and Texas:
Grenada, Saint Lucia, The Dominican Republic and Guyana. On January 25,
2017, Aruba celebrated its thirty-first Anniversary of independence,
better known as Betica Croes Day, named for the man who led the island
nation to become an independence nation within the Netherlands Antilles.
Haiti celebrated independence day on January 1, 2017.
Grenada Houston Association (GHA) celebrates Grenada’s forty-third
Anniversary of Independence on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The event will
be held at The Ensemble Theater in downtown Houston. Their Keynote Speaker
will be The Honorable Senator Simon Stiell, Minister of Education,
Government of Grenada. The address is 3535 Main Street Houston, Texas 77002.
Independence Day is officially recognized on February 7, 2017. For more
information, please visit
Saint Lucia –
The Saint Lucia Foundation of Texas (SLFT) celebration of independence
will be held on Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Westchase Hilton, located
in West Houston at 9999 Westheimer Rd. Houston, Texas 77042. Special Invited
Guest and Keynote Speaker is The Honorable Stephenson King, former Prime
Minister of Saint Lucia; Mr. King is currently the Minister for
Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour and Parliamentary Representative
for Castries North. Saint Lucia officially celebrates independence on
February 22, 2017. For more information, visit the
Guyana – The Guyanese community in Houston will
recognize Guyanese Republic Day on February 23, 2017. Known as Mashramani,
often abbreviated to "Mash", is an annual festival that celebrates Guyana
becoming a Republic in 1970. This should not be confused with Guyana's
Independence Day which is celebrated on May 26, 2017. At this time we have
not been alerted as to any recognition of Republic Day in Houston.
The Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic community in Houston will
celebrate 173 years of independence on February 27, 2017. The two
organizations in Houston, Circulo Cultural Dominicano (CCD), Alianza de
Organizations Dominicanas (AODET), have not alerted us of their plans for
January 25, 2017 also marked Haiti’s National Day Celebration as they marked
31 years of Independence. Secretary of State at the time John Kerry
remarked, “Nearly one million people in the United States are of Haitian
ancestry. Our shared pride in that heritage resulted this year in the
designation of Little Haiti as an official neighborhood of Miami, Florida.
The vibrancy of Little Haiti is a symbol of the community’s advocacy for
historic preservation and a testament to its incorporation into the fabric
of U.S. culture and society.”
The Houston Haitians United celebrated on January 1, 2017 at the Haitian
Caribbean Restaurant located in Houston, Texas, with cultural food, music
and a book signing which highlighted the Independence day festivities.
Haiti: Beyond the Rubble is a personal memoir of J. Sadraque Cius, a native
Haitian now living in America, who recounts the devastating earthquake that
struck Haiti in January 2010 and the long-lasting consequences on a nation
already suffering from poverty. Not only does Cius shed light on the
catastrophe itself, he also recounts the ways lives are still affected today
and the way Haiti’s people have been exploited, both in the past and as a
result of the earthquake. The author was the special guest at the
celebration and signed many copies of his book.