This Saturday: Annual Vodou Hurricane Ceremony


If you practice Vodou, or if you’re just a curious onlooker, you might want to swing by the annual Hurricane Ceremony taking place this Saturday night in the Bywater. It’ll be similar to the one held a couple of weeks ago in honor of St. John, but with a few key differences — namely, it honors both Catholic and Vodou deities. Sounds efficient, killing two spirit birds with one stone, no?


What: Public prayer ceremony dedicated to Our Lady of Prompt Succor (who has intervened  historically on New Orleans’ behalf when a hurricane has
threatened) and Ezili Danto (also associated with Mater Salvatoris and Mount Carmel) to ask for protection from hurricanes

When: Saturday, July 17th. 7:00 p.m.

Where: Achade Meadows Peristyle, 3319 Rosalie Alley (off of Rampart, between Piety and Desire)

What to bring in offering:

For Our Lady: flowers, statues, candles, religious pictures, jewelry

For Danto: Barbancourt Rum, Clarin, Florida Water, candles, daggers, dolls dressed in red and blue with gold trim or calico prints, spicy black beans, peasant cakes, unfiltered cigarettes, pan fried cornbread with peppers, fried pork, white crème de menthe

What to wear: Please dress in white (the color of purity), with red head scarves, or all red (the color of Petwo rites).

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