Feti di-Jed – Day of the ancestors in Haiti
In the most mysterious and poorest country of the Western Hemisphere, the celebration of Feti Di-Jede (FETE DE GEDE) is the day of the ancestors or the day of all the departed – one of the most significant holidays in modern Haiti.
Traditionally, the Catholics of the whole world celebrate on November 1, the day of all saints, and the next day they remember the dead on the day of all the departed. The unique mixing of the Catholic tradition and Voodoo beliefs led to the appearance of Feti-Di-Jed.
The Central Figures of the holiday are IWA Gede – Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte, very erotic cemetery keepers. Speakers in their clothes of black and purple color, they are capable of violating the holiday of obscene behavior at any time.
November 2 Residents of Haiti come to the cemeteries to the graves of their ancestors. Here are ritual dancing and singing, calling the spirits to pay attention to people and open the gate to the invisible world. On this day, the priests predict the future and healed diseases, the blood of sacrificial animals pours. In the evening, the holiday continues in voudist temples, where clothes are replaced by white, and the fun lasts all night.
Followers Voodoo, immigrants from Haiti from different countries, always try to come to Haiti on Fetie Di-Jede Day (FETE DE GEDE). Widely distribution received in the south of the United States, where the Big Haitian community lives.