May is Haitian Heritage Month and throughout the country, many events are being held to commemorate it. For Haitians, May is a month-long celebration of Haitian history, culture, and pride.
The celebration is an expansion of Haitian Flag Day held on May 18th, a major patriotic day celebrated in Haiti and by the Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian President Dumarsais Estimé started the Flag Day celebration with parades, and cultural and athletic events in many cities in Haiti in the 1930s when he was minister of education under President Sténio Vincent. Estime wanted to commemorate annually the creation of the Haitian flag on May 18 to encourage the development of patriotic sentiments among Haitian youth.