For those of you that were not born Dominican — 170 years ago today, the Dominican Republic declared their independence from Haiti and their uncool ways.
Pictured below are “Diablo Cojuelos”, one of the traditional costumes worn during our joyous festivities. These devils are not evil but represent mischief, noise, dance and joy. If any of you know any Dominicans that pretty much defines us to a T.
Tradition calls for these devils to belt onlookers with “vejigas” which are basically inflated cow/pig bladders and leave an oh so lovely mark. They whip you to purify your body from negative forces. So go ahead and whip someone you love, today.