Maybe it’s the 200-plus years of oppression and injustice. It might be the continued fight for safety, security, and a reasonable quality of life in a society that makes basic survival a battle each day. While it’s most likely a result of these influences, it’s also deeply embedded within their culture. Haitian communities know how to celebrate. It may be a grade promotion in school, the achievement of a goal or milestone, or mourning the passing of a cherished loved one. Haitians know that special events are extraordinary and celebrate them and each other with an energy and passion you don’t see everywhere. It’s one of the many characteristics of Haitian society that makes it so incredible to be able to participate in each day.