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Only in Print: Worried About Future, Haitians Observe Independence Day | January 11, 2020

The Independence Day Mass celebrates the Declaration of Independence of Haiti from France 216 years ago. Above, parishioners celebrate at Holy Family Church, Canarsie. (Photo: Jessica Easthope)

By Jessica Easthope

CANARSIE — Ringing in the new year is a tradition celebrated by all — but for Haitians, Jan. 1 also means independence.

In the Diocese of Brooklyn, a Haitian Independence Day Mass is held at a different church each year. This year the Mass was celebrated at Holy Family Church in Canarsie.

Though the Mass is a joyous occasion, the faithful in attendance were aware of the dire situation in Haiti that compels many in their native country to migrate to the United States…


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