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JOUMOU Soup: Culinary TRADITION (Pumpkin Soup)
Joumou soup is a traditional Haitian soup made of giraumont, beef and pasta (spaghetti or macaroni or a bit of both). This dish symbolizes the rebellion and ultimately the overthrow of the French colonial powers, because according to the little story, the slaves were forbidden to eat soup. Thus, since January 1, 1804, Haitian Independence Day, eating this soup has remained a tradition to celebrate Independence Day. All Haitian families are preparing and sharing it, representing not only freedom and victory against oppression, but also the sharing and union that have been necessary to conquer this cherished independence. Although it has a special meaning for Haitians, several variations of this soup are found in Caribbean and Latin American cuisine. (Translation of a French text by Guetchine Alexis).
It is in this culinary tradition that Claude Dambreville took his inspiration to paint "SOUP JOUMOU", a tremendous still life.