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Celebrate Fet Gede / Day of the Dead in Haiti October 29 to November 3 2019

From a media release:

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the trip has been cancelled.

Celebrate Fet Gede / Day of the Dead in Haiti
October 29 to November 3, 2019

Haiti: Cap-Haïtien and Port-au-Prince
US Departure

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Haiti: Cap-Haïtien and Port-au-Prince. If you haven’t partied with the dead, you haven’t partied. Gede are the spirits of the dead, and their days are occasions for music, dancing, and ceremonies.
View of Port-au Prince from Hotel Montana
29 March 2007, 08:02:00 by Elena Heredero

Postmambo has an incredible itinerary lined up for the trip, on top of  a major popular festival celebrating Gede. Fet Gede shares the date of October 31 with Halloween, but it's not Halloween, it's something beyond.

Fete Gede also goes by the Feast of the Dead or the Festival of the Ancetsors. It is a celebration for practitioners of traditional Vodou - or Vodouisants. It honours the ancestral dead, and is usually held during the first two days of November. Think of it as a kind of combination of Mardi Gras, Halloween, and the Day of the Dead - you'll see people dressed in costumes on the streets, leaving gifts of food at the cemeteries where their ancestors lie. It's about honouring the spirits.

In Vodou, Papa Gede (also called Guédéor Ghede) is the old man who waits at the crossroads, ready to take the souls of the dead into the afterlife. He's psychic, and has a wicked sense of humour. The Gede are a family of Loa or spirits that govern both death and fertility, and all have a dance or rhythm associated with them.
Ruins of the Sans-Souci Palace in Haiti, built by Henri Christophe between 1810 and 1813.
Iconem 7 septembre 2014, 17:52:24

The celebrations include plenty of music, dancing, food, and drink to be enjoyed. For this trip, musical performances will include RAM, Boukman Eksperyans, Orchestre Septentrional, and special guests galore. You’ll visit Henri Christophe’s palace Sans Souci and fortress Citadel, high atop a mountain in northern Haiti; and pay a spiritual visit to Temple N’a-Ri-VéH with Jean Daniel Lafontant, Executive Director of the Haitian Cultural Foundation.

Note: Limited space available; contingent on conditions in Haiti. Please note the website is undergoing renovations, so please email at the link above for more info.

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We don't do tourism. We do educational travel that necessarily uses the logistical structures of tourism. We've transformed travelers' lives -- they tell me this repeatedly -- and musicians always want us to return. Our travelers include distinguished scholars and academics, musicians at all levels from beginner to master, artists, students, and producers of all description, as well as working people, retired people, and the culturally curious in general.


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