Garífuna Settlement Day

Type Of Event
Public Holiday
Start Date
Tuesday, 19 Nov, 2019Annually, starting Nov 19, 2019
Date:
11/19/2019
Description
Highlights
  • Cultural performances
  • Live music & dancing
  • Traditional dishes & displays
About Event

Garifuna Settlement Day

Commemorating the first arrival of the Garifuna people in 1832, the national holiday of Garifuna Settlement Day was created by Belizean civil rights activist Thomas Vincent Ramos in 1941, which wasn’t recognized as a public and bank holiday until 1977. Celebrated annually on November 19 throughout the country, the Garifuna community hosts street festivals, parades, cultural food sales and other traditional presentations in their location. The most popular locations for celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day are Hopkins, Placencia, and Dangriga.

Traditionally, the celebrations would open with a reenactment of the first arrival on dories along with lively drumming and singing. Following this would include a parade, the Miss Garifuna Pageant, and cultural presentations involving food, drinks, dances and art exhibitions. Garifuna Settlement Day is an important day for the country to honor and commemorate the historical and cultural importance of the Garifuna community.

2019 Garifuna Settlement Day

Details for the 2019 Garifuna Settlement Day are yet to be announced. It is most popular in Hopkins, Dangriga, and Placencia, locations such as San Pedro Town and Belize City host processions in traditional Garifuna clothing, drumming, Cultural Awareness Week and even fashion shows.

Why should you be a part of the 2019 Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations?

This is a great opportunity to learn and experience the Garifuna culture in Belize whether through the tasting of savory and delicious Garifuna dishes or dancing to the beat of the drumming. Many visitors travel to witness the reenactment of the historical landing in 1832. You can expect to see live drumming, dancing, and history-inspired displays by the Garifuna people from Belize. Since this event is held on a public and bank holiday, it is widely celebrated throughout the country.
 
Suitable for:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
What to bring?
  • Energy to Dance!
  • Camera
  • Cash
  • Your Appetite
Activities:
Canoeing
Crafting
Dancing
Drumming
Photography
Singing
Outline of Event
Date
Start Time
Description
Duration
11/19/20195:00 AMReenactment of Garifuna Settlement Day, Cultural displays, Live performancesFull day
Location Information
Venue:
Garifuna Settlements
Address:
Hopkins Village, Seine Bight Village, Placencia Dangriga Town,
District:
Stann Creek
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
No
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
1. Private Vehicle
2. Rentals/Charters/Shuttles
3. Public Transportation (Buses)
4. Taxi
5. Hitch-hiking
 
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Private Vehicle: a. If you own a vehicle or has access to a private vehicle and have a valid driver’s license, you can drive to Southern Belize. This is the easiest and most recommended option for transportation. 2. Aircraft: a. There are domestic flights to Southern Belize available via Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. To view the Maya Island Air flights schedule, visit http://www.mayaislandair.com/belize-flight-schedule. To view the Tropic Air flights schedule, visit https://www.tropicair.com/download/tropic-air-schedule/. 3. Rentals/Charters/Shuttles: a. If you would like to drive or be driven to Southern Belize, you can rent a vehicle (make sure you have a valid driver’s license) or request a charter or shuttle. Arranging this option is easy, Belizing.com has a wide range of rental, charter and shuttle options to book today! See the options here: (Shuttles) https://belizing.com/Shuttles/ (Rentals/Charters) https://belizing.com/RentalsCharters/ 4. Public Transportation (Buses): a. On the mainland, buses can take you anywhere along the highways. Getting on a bus would require you to go to the town’s bus terminals or wait at the road side of a main road. Bus fares depend on where you are taking the bus and where you are stopping and whether if it is a regular bus or an express bus (non-stop). b. If you are staying at one of the islands, there are water taxis available that travel to and from Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Belize City and Corozal. Water taxis should take you from the island to Belize City. Fares usually depend on which island you are at and whether if it is a one-way or roundtrip ticket. Upon arrival at Belize City, you can take a taxi (recommended) or walk to the bus terminal and get on a bus that will travel down south. 5. Taxi: a. This option is quite costly if you are planning on taking a taxi cab. If you are staying in Punta Gorda Town or somewhere near the festivities, this option is recommended; however, taxi fares would depend on the distance traveled. 6. Hitch-hiking: a. When all else fails, and you really want to make it to the event, you can stand at the roadside of a highway and catch a ride with someone who’s going south. For safety and other reasons, this is not 100% recommended.
Garifuna Settlement Day is a very lively and cultural event. You can expect drumming, dancing, traditional Garifuna cuisines, concerts, and other activities.
This is a casual event. Dress comfortably. Most dancers and presenters will be dressed in traditional Garifuna clothing.
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Destinations
Destinations/Attractions Nearby
Available Listings
$
25
-
$
50
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Guests will learn conversational Garifuna, learn common slogans/greetings.
$
25
-
$
50
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Master the movement of your body induced by the pulsating rhythm of the Garifna drum beats.
$
150
/ Person
Departs From:
Placencia
Provider:
Belize Garifuna Cultural Tour The Garifuna make up just 8% of Belize’s population, but their unique culture has been recognized by the United Nation for its language, music, ... moreand dance. Originally from the island of St. Vincent, the Garifuna are a mixture of enslaved Africans who intermarried with indigenous islanders. After a failed uprising against the British, the Garifuna fled to the shores of Belize.

This tour takes participants to the village of Hopkins situated on the beautiful Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize. Participants will don traditional Garifuna clothing while learning about life in this traditional village and the history of the Garifuna people.

Participants will also work together to gather the ingredients and then cook a traditional Garifuna dish known as hudut. Hudut is the Garifuna variant of a coconut fish stew, cooking local fish in a creamy coconut milk mixture and then served with a side of delicious boiled plantains.

Following the meal, participants will enjoy a performance of Garifuna drumming and then learn to play several traditional Garifuna rhythms.
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