Chapeau Paille Day, also referred to as Creole Hat Day, was celebrated October 16, and observed as part of National Pride and Heritage Month. Children and adults alike adorned themselves with chapeau pailles (straw hats) in observance of this day.
Schools encouraged their students to participate by creating and wearing colourful and creative hats. Some schools hosted mini events, like the Convent Preparatory School, which held a tea party for the students while they modelled and showed off their hats.
On October 19, Dominicans island wide came together to celebrate National Flag Day. According to a report from AEC Communications, this is one of the many activities observed annually during National Emblems Week during the Independence season.