This marks the day when La Trinitaria declared independence from Haiti. My daughters and I usually celebrate by eating all the delicious foods our "motherland" has to offer and listening to great tunes. This year I will sneak in a history lesson.
If you're in NYC, there are some cool events going on all week:
Monday, Feb. 27, 3 to 5 p.m.Celebrate Dominican-American culture and the 1940s Dominican Technicolor starlet Maria Montez, also known as the "Caribbean Cyclone," with elected officials Espaillat and City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, at Mamajuana Café, 247 Dyckman St.
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7 to 11 p.m.
Join the DREAM Project for a fundraising event with honorary chairs Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz and Dominican actress Celines Toribio, as they mark the anniversary and raise funds for their mission to support the education of Dominican children. Hotel Americano, 518 West 27th St., between 10th and 11th avenues. Donation $150.
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the Independence of the Dominican Republic at the Hispanic Society in Washington Heights as they honor the New York Dominican Officers Organization (NYDO), the Association of Dominican American Supervisors & Administrators (DASA) and the Dominican Bar Association. Mamajuana Café and Mama Sushi Restaurant co-sponsor the event. Hispanic Society, 613 West 155th St. RSVP to Juan Rosa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-234-0551.
Read more here.
Now, please excuse me while I wave my flag in your face.
*besos...for my fellow countrymen today*
ps- you're all invited to my house for breakfast: mangu, queso frito, salchichon y un revoltillo de huevos!