Garifuna Settlement Day 2011

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Gibe Memegili Wayumaha; Wabaronguon Meme Wama” – Our Aspirations Still Are Many: Let’s Keep Going Forward.

The Garifuna community in San Pedro held a variety of activities to celebrate their national holiday, Garifuna Settlement Day. Drum beats filled the air in the days leading to the November 19th date, and throughout town, various businesses had drummers of all ages entertaining the public. Special ceremonies, cultural displays, foods and more were enjoyed by spectators.

On the morning of November 19th, the special, annual re-enactment of the arrival of the Garifuna on the shores of Belize was held. Boats filled with revelers of all cultures brought to life the arrival of the Garifuna ancestors, after which, a special thanksgiving mass was held. After the cultural parade, music and revelry kicked in through the rest of the day at Central Park.

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