haiti flag day

The Haitian flag is badass. As it currently is, the flag was the first flag created after Haitians ejected the French colonizers and became the first (and only!) Country founded as a result of a slave rebellion.

The story goes that Dessalines took the French flag and ripped out the central white strip–ripped the white out of Haiti–and declared that the blue stripe represented the Black residents of Haiti, most of whom had been enslaved by the French colonizers, and the red was to represent everyone else in Haiti who wasn’t white–those of mixed race ancestry who may have had lighter skin tones than many enslaved Haitians, or who were considered free gens de coleur/people of color.

Dessalines literally said ‘fuck all you white people, you don’t get representation here, get out’. Colonial powers were super scared of Haiti and this is why–enslaved people had stood up, won, kicked their oppressors out, and then gave them all a giant middle finger. Napoleon basically got back on his boat, declared Haiti a lost cause, and fucked off.

The other best part of the flag is that blue and red are the colors of a huge amount of Lwa. All the Ogous take red or a red-related shade, and almost ever Petwo Lwa takes red, or red and some other color. Dantor usually takes red and blue and there’s at least one Ogou who takes the Haitian flag. Haiti is literally flying the colors of the Lwa who gave power to their rebellion.

This is why vodou is inseparable from Haiti and it’s history, and Haiti is inseparable from vodou. You can’t pull apart the two at all because they were formed and grew together.

On May 18, 1803, on the last day of the Congress of Arcahaie, Dessalines ripped the tricolor French flag, removing the white band. This symbolized Haiti’s break from France. The remaining bands were sewn together by Catherine Flon, thus creating the Haitian flag. 

Happy Haitian Flag Day brethren! And never forget, WE are the ones charged with Haiti’s future. 


One of the primary symbols of Haitian freedom is the Haitian flag created in Arcahaie, a town located outside of Port-au-Prince on May 18, 1803. Since then, May 18th has been observed as the Haitian Flag Day as it has become a symbol of pride, unity, and individual liberty. In Haiti, Flag Day is a major national holiday celebrated with great fanfare on the grounds of the national palace and all cities in the country; also in other countries with a large number of Haitians.