In traditional Haitian culture, the start of any New Year ought not begin lest a heaping bowl of Soup Joumou be present. Growing up, this was the first and only way to begin a New Year. Made with a base of winter squash, and a mix of fresh spices and hearty vegetables, historically Haitians consume on the 1st of the year to bring about luck, prosperity & to commemorate independence from the French.
Over the years I’ve come to love this tradition, not simply for the yumminess of homemade soup (this year made by my Mum!), but the thought of a number of families coming together to share in the start and good hope of a new year gives me a case of the fuzzies. I may even have blinders on as to how others traditionally ring in the 1st, but nonetheless, I hope you were able to spend the day with loved ones (or with yourself) doing anything your heart desired.
Today, I treat FRO to a much needed cleanse & deep treatment, watch the Twilight Zone marathon ad-nauseum, work on my 2013 intentions and stay grateful for last year’s many lessons & opportunities.
I wish you all much love and happiness going forward into the New Year …