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Garifuna Settlement Day

Activities announced for Garifuna Settlement Day in San Pedro

The island Garifuna community has prepared a program listing the celebrations regarding this year’s Garifuna Settlement Day. The activities started on Tuesday, November 15th, with drumming sessions at the central park and will span through the 19th, when the Garifuna Settlement Day, a public and bank holiday, will be observed across the country.

Ambergris Caye celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day

Every year on November 19th, Belize celebrates the Garifuna culture by honoring the arrival of the Garinagu people to Belize in 1802. This year, the Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations were again observed on the La Isla Bonita with traditional drumming, dancing, singing, and the re-enactment of the Garifuna’s arrival to the country performed at Central Park.

National Garifuna Council reveals 2021 calendar of activities

For a second time, the traditional celebrations leading to the Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th will be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The National Garifuna Council (NGC) has released its virtual calendar of activities focusing on Garifuna identity, spirituality, and perseverance. NGC branches countrywide will be planning and hosting various virtual activities honoring the contributions of past and present Garinagu in Belize.

NGC Urges Garinagu and Belizeans to Celebrate Safely

NGC has been working diligently over the past few weeks to host a variety of virtual activities and to ensure that we are still able to celebrate and highlight the vibrant Garifuna culture, language, music and dance, while keeping social interaction to a minimum.

Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations 2020

COVID-19 has brought about unprecedented changes to the way we live, work and interact with each other. As we are quickly approaching the month of November and the anticipation of the cultural extravaganza leading up to the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu to the shores of Belize, National Garifuna Council has made the decision to host virtual activities. The focus of this year’s events will be Garifuna identity, spirituality and perseverance. NGC branches countrywide will be planning and hosting various virtual activities to honor the contributions of past and present Garinagu and to showcase the vibrant Garifuna culture, language, music and dance.

San Pedro observes Garifuna Settlement Day

Belizeans across the country have been celebrating the Garifuna Culture every 19th of November since 1977, in honor of the arrival of the Garifuna people to Belize in 1802. The celebration, a national public and bank holiday, includes various events throughout the country. In San Pedro Town, the local branch of the National Garifuna Council observed the festivities under the theme ‘Lererun Garifuna Laguchabei Labagaridun Garifunaduau-Garifuna Language is the Foundation of Garifuna Survival!’

San Pedro celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day 2018

The rich Garifuna culture was celebrated fully on Ambergris Caye, with food, drumming and dancing throughout the night of November 18th, leading to the traditional Yurumein on the 19th, followed by a parade and all day after-party.

San Pedro Town announces calendar of events for Garifuna Settlement Day

This year, the national celebrations are being held under the theme ‘Lawanserun Garifunaduau: Hadasi Sun Garinagu! – Garifuna Progress: A Task For All Garinagu!’