Today, Dominicans around the world celebrate its Independence Day from Haitians rule in 1844.

First, Special homage to – Juan Pablo Duarte who was a liberal leader, visionary thinker, writer, artist, fighter, and founding father of the Dominican Republic. He created a secret society named The Trinity Foundation, to take action to wean the eastern part of the Spanish island the Haitians were trying to dominate. He succeeded and in terms lies the independent country Dominican Republic is today.

* You know you are Dominican if there is at least one person named Juan Perez in your family. Hi dad!

* You know you are Dominican if you take “El Fuku” very seriously.

* You know you are Dominican if you eat mangu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

* You know you are dominican if you learned how to dance merengue and bachata before you could run.

* You know you are Dominican if you grew up listening to Sergio Vargas, Juan Luis Guerra, and Fernando Villalona.

* You know you are Dominican if you can dance without music.

* You know you are Dominican if you ate rice, beans, and some type of meat for dinner yesterday, today, and probably will tomorrow.

* You know you are Dominican, if you’ve gone out on the street to drink with everyone in your neighborhood during an apagon.

* You know you are Dominican if you point by puckering your lips in the direction of the person or thing you are referring to.

* You know you are Dominican if you wrinkle or scrunch your nose to mean, “huh”, or “what”.

* You know you are Dominican if you have showered with a bucket of water in the back of your house when the water is out.

* You know you are Dominican if your grandmother has a picture of a saint in her living room.

* You know you are Dominican if you are use to the saying, “se fue la luz”.

* You know you are Dominican if you have been waken up by a man yelling out “Platano/Aguacata”.

* You know you are Dominican if you can have your groceries delivered to you from the bodega down the street.

Beyond Price: childhood in Dominican Republic (I'm the little girl in the pink sitting on my father's lap)

All jokes aside, we are proud Dominicans with a rich culture. We love our Presidente, our Brugal, our mamajuana. We love our bachata, merengue, y salsa. We love to dance like there’s no tomorrow. We love to be great host. We love house parties and having get togethers more than a club. We love our Goya products and our platanos. We love the same meal almost everyday cause it’s darn good rice and beans. We love to talk. We love to fall in love. Most importantly we love to live life to the fullest. We know how to enjoy and appreciate the things that we do have instead of dwelling on the things that are out of our control. “Se fue la luz!”

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