What does ‘Zoe’ mean? May 18th, 2021 marks Haitian Flag Day but many people on social media wonder why Haitian people say “Happy Haitian Flag Day to all my Zoe’s” to one another.

Tuesday (May 18th, 2021) marks the Haitian Flag Day which people in and outside of Haiti celebrate with parades, gatherings and other events.

Alongside reports about the day, many people have come across the word ‘Zoe’ and wonder about its meaning.

So, here’s more about the Haitian Flag Day and the origin of the word ‘Zoe’.

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Haitian Flag Day is on May 18th

Haitian Flag Day marks the day of the creation of the Flag of Haiti and the revolution in Haiti that got its people freedom from France. The flag was adopted on May 18th, 1803.

Haitian people in Haiti and many who live in the United States celebrate the day in different ways, whether that’s with gatherings or large parades. Floridian cities such as Miami and Tampa have a lot of different events that promote the Haitian culture and heritage.

Meanwhile, many of the celebrations in 2020 were cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

What does Zoe mean in Creole?

The word ‘Zoe’ means a ‘bone’ in Haitian Creole, according to Haitian people on social media. ‘Zoe’ is an English version of the word ‘Zo’ in Creole.

As one Reddit user explained: “Zoe means bone in Creole. Bones are tough and hard to break, similar to Haitian people. Tough and hard to break.”

Haitian people speak two languages in Haiti, French and Haitian Creole.

You might have heard or seen a lot of messages on social media which say: “Happy Haitian Flag Day to all my Zoe’s”.

Therefore, if you come across this kind of message today or on May 18th next year, you would know that the word comes from Haitian Creole.

How is Haitian Flag Day celebrated?

Haitian Flag Day is celebrated with parades, large events and gatherings.

The Brooklyn’s Haitian community recently marched on Nostrand Avenue dressed in red and blue, followed by a celebration at the Life of Hope Center to mark the day.

Moreover, Haitian Times has published an extensive list of events taking place in May, 2021.

Rapper Kodak Black, who was born to a Haitian father, celebrates his heritage in his new album, which is in time for Haitian Heritage Month during the month of May.

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