Along with Haitians around the world, we celebrated New Years Day with a big pot of soup joumou (pumpkin soup).
January 1st is Haitian Independence Day. After a 13-year revolution, Haiti achieved independence from the French on January 1, 1804. Tradition has it that on that day, newly freed slaves in Gonaives made a huge kettle of pumpkin soup and served a bowl to everyone present. The soup is still eaten as a form of remembrance and is also supposed to ensure good luck for the coming year.
Since my parents were here to purchase an adorably illustrated Haitian cookbook for us (and more importantly, to help us do the cooking and cleaning!) we decided to make an as close to authentic version as we could at home.
May you enjoy many pumpkins in 2010!