La Sape, an abbreviation based on the phrase Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (The Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) and hinting to the French slang word “sape” which means “attire”, is a social movement centered in Brazzaville the capital of the Republic of Congo , An adherent of La Sape is called a sapeur.The movement embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor dandies as a means of resistance. They are in stark contrast with the environment they live in. (W)
On August 15th, the Congolese community, living in Vermont, came together to celebrate the independence of their country, the Republic of Congo. It was a moment to remember home and reconnect. People traveled as far as Maine,New Hampshire and New York State to be with friends and family. It was a day dedicated to eat,drink and dance.
Even though some of these folks haven’t been home in a very long time, still they still holding their culture very close to their hearts and keep making sure that their children learn about their homeland.