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Worshippers inside the Sainte-Anne of Limonade Church during a service for her anniversary on July 26, 2023. Photo by Onz Chery for The Haitian Times

LIMONADE, Haiti — The voices of congregants praying, supplicating and crying out at Eglise Sainte-Anne de Limonade rose into a roar that could be heard from outside of the church.

During the second of the two-day anniversary honoring the saint on July 26, the town’s fèt chanpèt hundreds of celebrants, Catholics and Vodouists alike, pressed up against each other as they stood inside the church’s blue-and-white statue of the patron Sainte-Anne to make their demandes, ritualistic requests, and give thanks. Some held candles. Others, mostly the Vodouists, wrapped their heads in headscarves or wore folkloric clothes in blue, the saint’s color. Many laid gifts and lit candles underneath the bust.


Catholics and Vodouists enjoyed a fiery celebration on the annual anniversary honoring Limonade’s patron saint at the Sainte-Anne de Limonade together.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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