The national symbols of Haiti are officially defined in the Haiti Coat of Arms, Haiti National Anthem and the flag of Haiti. Other, unofficial symbols depict familiar associations of the country itself.
The motto of Haiti, as found on the ribbon of the Haiti Coat of Arms, is 'L'Union Fait La Force', French for 'Union Makes Strength'. This oldest of national symbols of Haiti dates back to 1807, and remained in use until 1849.
At that time, President General Faustin Soulouque dubbed himself as Emperor and adopted the new Imperial arms. It shows two cannons and a French imperial eagle.
Emperor Soulouque was forced to leave Haiti in 1859, and afterwards the old symbol was restored. The composition has remained the same with variations to the colors and items.
Haiti National Anthem
'La Dessalinieene' - The Dessalines Song
The title of the national anthem honours the founder of Haiti, Jean-Jacques Dessalines. The anthem was selected as a result of a competition in 1903, the winning selection was adopted on the occasion of Haiti's centennial, January 1, 1904.
Haiti National Anthem
French Lyrics Pour le Pays,Pour la Patrie, Marchons unis,Marchons unis. Dans nos rangs point de traîtres! Du sol soyons seuls maîtres. Marchons unis,Marchons unis Pour le Pays,Pour la patrie, Marchons, marchons, marchons unis,Pour le Pays,Pour la Patrie.
Pour les Aïeux, pour la Patrie Béchons joyeux, béchons joyeux Quand le champ fructifie L'âme se fortifie Béchons joyeux, béchons joyeux Pour les Aïeux, pour la Patrie Béchons, béchons, béchons joyeux Pour les Aïeux, pour la Patrie
Pour le Pays et pour nos Pères Formons des Fils, formons des Fils Libres, forts et prospères Toujours nous serons frères Formons des Fils, formons des Fils Pour le Pays et pour nos Pères Formons, formons,formons des Fils Pour le Pays et pour nos Pères
Pour les Aïeux, pourla Patrie O Dieu des Preux, O Dieu des Preux! Sous ta garde infinie Prends nos droits, notre vie O Dieu des Preux, O Dieu des Preux! Pour les Aïeux, pour la Patrie O Dieu, O Dieu, O Dieu des Preux Pour les Aïeux, pour la Patrie
Pour le Drapeau, pour la Patrie Mourir est beau, mourir est beau! Notre passé nous crie: Ayez l'âme aguerrie! Mourir est beau, mourir est beau Pour le Drapeau, pour la Patrie Mourir, mourir, mourir est beau Pour le Drapeau, pour la Patrie
English Lyrics For our country, For our forefathers, United let us march. Let there be no traitors in our ranks! Let us be masters of our soil. United let us march For our country, For our forefathers.
For our forebears, For our country Let us toil joyfully. May the fields be fertile And our souls take courage. Let us toil joyfully For our forebears, For our country.
For our country And for our forefathers, Let us train our sons. Free, strong, and prosperous, We shall always be as brothers. Let us train our sons For our country And for our forefathers.
For our forebears, For our country, Oh God of the valiant! Take our rights and our life Under your infinite protection, Oh God of the valiant! For our forebears, For our country.
For the flag, For our country To die is a fine thing! Our past cries out to us: Have a disciplined soul! To die is a fine thing, For the flag, For our country.
National Flag Day
May 18th has been observed as the Haitian Flag Day, since the flag was originally created in 1803. It is one of the national symbols of Haiti that proudly represents individual freedom, unity, and pride. Flag Day is a major holiday widely celebrated throughout the country.
The national bird of Haiti is the Hispaniolan Trogon. It's found in tropical and subtropical forests that are dangerously threatened by heavy deforestation.
The Trogon has been sighted in Haiti's mountain ranges in the upper altitudes of the forests, confined to protected areas.
Unofficial National Symbols of Haiti
Haiti National Flower
Haiti never adopted an official flower, but unofficially it would be thought to be the Hibiscus that grow readily throughout the countryside.
It is thought that the palm tree would be the tree to best represent Haiti, perhaps because the Royal Palm is found on the Coat of Arms.
We hope you've enjoyed learning about the national symbols of Haiti.