Every January 1st, “Soup Joumou” is a must for us Haitians. My mother even began cooking hers on New Year’s Eve. My children love it and my non-Haitian Friends have been enjoying it.
Apparently, the root of our soup Joumou, which is squash soup, dated way back to our independence in 1804. It seems like Haitian slaves were not allowed to have that soup; only the masters could eat it. When we obtained our independence in 1804, the slaves were finally able to consume that delectable soup.
As far as I know, wherever Haitians reside, you will find a huge pot of Soup Joumou on New Year’s Day.