Fete Champetre, Major Cultural Event In Haiti

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Tourism has been on a substantial descent over the last 20 years. But one series of events, the Fête champêtre, continues to give hope to a struggling industry as tourists, local, from the Diaspora, and international, flock Haiti to witness the countryside festival.

One of the main avenues for entertainment to the 18th century elite, a Fête champêtre (a country feast or pastoral festival) was a type of garden party much loved at court. With pretensions to simplicity, the Fête champêtre was patronized by the well dressed, entertained by musicians hidden in the trees, as they enjoyed the beauty of landscaped park.

In Haiti, a decidedly more cultural view is taken. It is this aspect, coupled with the religious facet to most gatherings, which draws millions to the annual events. Musicians flock here for tours, bringing their families with them, art snobs come for the displays of local arts and craft, foodies come mainly to patronize the restaurant scene at each location, and spiritualists make pilgrimages to sacred places. Others simply come for the reveling.

The festivals offer an opportunity for the growth of the rural economy. The activities organized, whether to deal with art, religion, or simply for partying, are organized to bring in revenue. But some sites are wholly incapable, due to the lack of infrastructure, to fully capitalize. While there is massive trading in the informal sector as restaurants, and other retailers see a sizeable increase in the consumption of their goods, a significant yearly non-realization of revenue will be experienced until development in rural areas happen to sustain the drive of tourism to these areas and generate revenue in the formal market.

List of Fete Champetre in Haiti, from June through September

June 13 Saint Antoine de Padoue Vieux Bourg d'Aquin South
June 13 Saint Antoine de Padoue Les Perches North-East
June 13 Saint Antoine de Padoue Port-au Prince West
June 13 Saint Antoine de Padoue Vieux Bourg de Jérémie Grand'Anse
June 13 Saint Antoine de Padoue Petite Rivière de Nippe Grand'Anse
June 13 Saint Antoine de Padoue Lopineau Grand'Anse
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Mare Rouge West
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Anse d'Hainault Grand'Anse
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Haute Guinodé Grand'Anse
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Miragôane Grand'Anse
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Montrouis West
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Gressier West
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste La Vallée de Jacmel South-East
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Tiburon South
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Saint Jean du Sud South
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Trou du Nord North
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Jean Rabel North-West
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Raboteau (Gonaïves) Artibonite
June 24 Saint Jean Baptiste Marmont Centre
June 27 N.D duPerpétuel Secours La Montagne South-East
June 27 N.D duPerpétuel Secours Cavaillon South
June 27 N.D duPerpétuel Secours Latibolière Grand'Anse
June 29 Saint Pierre et Saint Paul Pétionville West
June 29 Saint Pierre et Saint Paul Gantier West
June 29 Saint Pierre et Saint Paul Arcahaie West
June 29 Saint Pierre et Saint Paul Grand Bois West

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July 11 Saint Benoit Bodarie South-East
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Bizoton (Carrefour) West
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Cabaret West
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Port-au-Prince West
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Grand Gôave West
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Arniquet South
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Cayes-Jacmel South-East
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Saut d'Eau Centre
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Capotille North-East
July 16 N.D. du Mont Carmel Bas Limbé North
July 20 Sainte Marguerite Port Margot North
July 22 Sainte Marie Madeleine Pérédo Marigot South-East
July 25 Saint Jacques Plaine du Nord North
July 25 Saint Jacques Kenskoff West
July 26 Sainte Anne Port-au-Prince West
July 26 Sainte Anne Thomazeau West
July 26 Sainte Anne Trouin South-East
July 26 Sainte Anne Camp Pérrin South
July 26 Sainte Anne Chardonnière South
July 26 Sainte Anne Anse à Veau Grand'Anse
July 26 Sainte Anne Maissade Centre
July 26 Sainte Anne Labranle Artibonite
July 26 Sainte Anne Limonade North-East
July 26 Sainte Anne Mare Rouge North-West
July 26 Sainte Anne Bois Laurence North-West
July 26 Sainte Anne Anse à Foleur North-West
July 29 Sainte Marthe Marmelade North
August 2 Saint Pie X Dussis South
August 4 Sainte Dominique Marigot South-East
August 4 Sainte Dominique Port Salut South
August 12 Sainte Claire Marchand Artibonite
August 12 Sainte Claire Frères (Pétion Ville) West
August 12 Sainte Claire Petite Place Cazeau West
August 15 N.D. de l'Assomption Port-au-Prince West
August 15 N.D. de l'Assomption Petit Gôave West
August 15 N.D. de l'Assomption Ouanaminthe North-East
August 15 N.D. de l'Assomption La Manche South
August 15 N.D. de l'Assomption Cayes South
August 15 N.D. de l'Assomption Cap Haïtien North
August 25 Saint Louis Roi de France Mirebalais Centre
August 25 Saint Louis Roi de France Jérémie Grand'Anse
August 25 Saint Louis Roi de France Saint louis du Sud South
August 25 Saint Louis Roi de France Saint Louis du Nord North
August 25 Saint Louis Roi de France Quartier-Morin North-East
August 25 Saint Louis Roi de France Mirebalais Centre
August 25 Saint Louis Roi de France Turgeau (Port-au-Prince) West
August 25 Saint Louis Roi de France Jérémie Grand'Anse
August 31 Saint Curé d'Ars Belle Rivière Grand'Anse

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September 8 N.D. de la Nativité de la Vierge Palmistes (Île de la Tortue) North-West
September 8 N.D. de la Nativité de la Vierge Acul du Nord Pignon North
September 8 N.D. de la Nativité de la Vierge Petit-Trou de Nippes Grand'Anse
September 8 N.D. de la Nativité de la Vierge Dame Marie Grand'Anse
September 8 N.D. de la Nativité de la Vierge Verettes Artibonite
September 8 N.D. de la Nativité de la Vierge Terre Neuve Artibonite

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