Liberation Soup (Soup Joumou)

Each year Haitian households celebrate their country’s independence on January 1st, the anniversary of Haiti’s Liberation from France, with a traditional soup called soup joumou. During France’s rule of Haiti, the soup was considered a delicacy and forbidden to the slaves. Since Independence in 1804, Haitians have enjoyed this comforting soup as a historical tribute to… Read More

Bastille Day

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité National motto of France July 14th was La Fête Nationale for France.  Also known as Bastille Day, this national holiday celebrates France’s freedom from monarchial rule and coincides with the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a large French jail that was a symbol of the King’s power. Very similar to… Read More

Music, a Universal Language?

It seems there is a never-ending debate of whether music is itself a language. American poet and educator, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, Music is the universal language of mankind. To our sense of hearing, music is a stimulus. It conveys information about our moods and state of mind. But is it truly a language that… Read More