National Garifuna Awareness Day observed in San Pedro

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Garifuna Awareness-23This year marks the 181st anniversary of the official arrival of the Garifuna to the coast of south Belize. Thus, November is marked as the month to honor and celebrate the country’s vibrant Garifuna Culture. On Monday, November 18th, schools at all levels throughout Belize held activities to observe National Garifuna Awareness Day. In San Pedro Town, schools and other organizations held separate events encouraging students and local residents to dress in typical Garifuna outfits.

At the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS), a Garifuna exposition was held as part of the school’s activities. Featuring music, dance, food, clothing and history presented by the students of the upper division, the expo was colorful and entertaining. Several students were also dressed in traditional Garifuna attire, while different aspects of the Garifuna culture were on display at several booths. From food and their methods of preparation, to musical instruments; the entire atmosphere was filled a fun cultural experience.

Garifuna Awareness-22Later on during the day, the San Pedro Cultural Committee working along with the San Pedro Branch of the National Garifuna Council and the Ministry of Education held a school rally with children at the Central Park. Students were invited to witness the re-enactment of the Garifuna landing in the coast of Belize back on 19th of November 1832. Students from SPRCS and Holy Cross Anglican School joined along in traditional singing of Garifuna songs while parading through the streets of San Pedro Town.

Garifuna Awareness-27The celebration this year is held under the theme “Let us progress in unity with God’s goodness and the protection of our ancestors.” The San Pedro Sun would like to wish everyone a happy Garifuna Settlement Day! Congratulations to the Garinagu of Belize for keeping the culture alive!

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