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Dominican Republic commemorates 170 years of independence

FREEDOM! This special day – Dominican Independence Day – is a day to reflect, thank and honor the sacrifice, which a group of patriots made with the purpose to make the Dominican Republic an independent and free state, giving us the privilege of being called Dominicans.

Today,  (February, 27th), the Dominican Republic celebrates its 170 years of Independence! The Dominican Republic, is a country which has, from the beginning fought for its freedom – having been colonized by Spain as well as been invaded by French and Haitian troops, so here we bring you the fascinating history of the Dominican Republic, Dominican Independence Day, as well as Dominican cultures and traditions celebrated on this very special day.

Although the celebration of Dominican Independence Day coincides with the celebration of the carnival, these two celebrations are actually not related. Although to think they are the same celebration is a common mistake – even among Dominicans – due to misinformation and a lack of knowledge of the history of this country.

The 27th of February 1844 is the date when Dominican’s obtained their Independence and were finally called the Dominican Republic. After many years of being a Spanish colony and then being occupied by our fellow Haitians, it was in 1844 when our Founding Father, Juan Pablo Duarte,  created a secret society named “La Trinitaria” in which, along with other leaders Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and Matías Ramón Mella he fought against the Haitian repression to gain Independence. See below for the full history of Dominican oppression and independence!

Celebrating Dominican Independence Day!

Activities and traditions on the 27th of February in the Dominican Republic

1. A tribute to Juan Pablo Duarte, Ramón Matías Mella and Francisco del Rosario Sánchez at the “Puerta del Conde”, in Santo Domingo – where their bodies rest.

2. Traditional speech from the President of the Dominican Republic transmitted on all medias.

3. Its pretty common to see hundreds of Dominican flags which are nicely displayed by many Dominican families on their balconies. This has become a tradition and a way of showing respect to the Trinitarians.

4. Although it has nothing to do with the Dominican Independence celebrations – and it is why many tourists and surprisingly Dominicans tend to get confused – there is a 99.9% chance of walking into one or two “Diablos Cojuelos” if you take a walk around La Romana town (or any town in the Dominican Republic) since the Dominican Carnival is also celebrated at the same time as Dominican Independence day

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