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#497601 - 11/05/14 11:05 AM Garifuna Settlement Day 2014
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At the center of Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations is the reenactment of Yurumein. Yurumein is the Garifuna word which means Homeland, it is a public reenactment of the epic journey of the Garifuna people from their homeland in St. Vincent to the shores of Belize The Yurumein is re-enacted in every major community where the Garinagu reside and presents itself as one of Belize’s prominent cultural celebrations. Other cultures of Belize have come to appreciate this annual celebration and it in fact contributes to our collective understanding of the Belizean identity. It is only hoped that the knowledge of Yurumein will be passed on to younger generations of Belizeans and thereby allow Garifuna Culture to remain an integral part of the Belizean way of life.

(Yurumein) Garifuna Settlement Day, November 19th


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#497713 - 11/08/14 10:06 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day 2014 [Re: Marty]
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Dahjah Casimiro is the New Miss Garifuna Dangriga 2014/15. Adüga Ba

Eight energetic, creative, beautiful, and talented young ladies graced the audience at Fr. Marin Parish Hall on Saturday November 1st, 2014 in beautiful Dangriga to showcase their Garifuna culture.

The tightly contested pageant was coordinated by the National Garifuna Council, Dangriga Branch Queen’s Committee.

The contestants had to do an introduction in Garifuna, present a main item in Garifuna, and answer questions based on their main presentation in Garifuna.

The other components of the pageant include dancing various Garifuna Dances and demonstrating Poise/Grace and Garifunaduaü.

Second place went to Raquel Zuniga , third Nirisie Arzu, And fourth Kiara Rubio.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos on the Patrick Jones website


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#497796 - 11/11/14 10:28 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day 2014 [Re: Marty]
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NATIONAL GARIFUNA COUNCIL/ BELIZE CITY BRANCH CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES 2014


Oceana - Garifuna Settlement Day


National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch releases calendar of events

The San Pedro Branch of the National Garifuna Council has released their calendar of events leading up to national Garifuna Settlement Day celebrated on November 19th. The events are being organized in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council through the San Pedro Cultural Committee. The national celebration is being conducted under the theme “Mibe La Yanu. Awanse La Wadagimanu. BungiuWaba, WagiaLarigi – Let’s not just talk. Let the work progress. God before us and we behind.”

The events include drumming through the streets and at business places on Ambergris Caye from the 11th to the 14th of November. On the 13th of November there will be Garifuna Literacy Night, which includes a translation contest for primary school students, as well as storytelling for adults. Both events both take place at the Central Park. There will also be radio and television appearances by organizers of this year’s celebration on November 13th. On November 14th Belizeans are asked to participate in the National Garifuna Awareness Day by wearing yellow, black and white outfits – the Garifuna colors.

On November 18th, official celebrations to commemorate the 182nd anniversary of the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize starts at 1PM. First is the primary schools Urumei (reenactment of their ancestor’s arrival to Belize’s shoreline). The event takes place at the Central Park and celebrations will continue at 8PM with the Battle of Drums competition and all night drumming as part of Garifuna Settlement Day Eve Celebration. At 5AM on November 19th, the official Urumei for adults takes place followed by a solidarity mass at the San Pedro Catholic Church. Official ceremonies take place at 2PM at the Central Park, and will be followed by a free dance.

Historical Journey of the Garifuna

Garinagu (Plural of Garifuna) also referred to as Black Caribs, are the mixture of two ethnic groups, mainly the Carib Indians and Black Africans that once lived on a Caribbean island that is present day St Vincent. In 1798, they were exiled from St. Vincent, and eventually settled on Roatan, off the coast of Honduras and in the years to come, disbursed to the mainland of Honduras, Guatemala and Belize.

Old British Honduras records show that the Garinagu have been in Belize since 1802. However, in 1832 led by Alejo Beni, a larger group of Garinagu officially settled in southern Belize. Under the leadership of Belizean-born Garifuna Leader, Thomas Vincent (TV) Ramos, their arrival and contribution has been adopted and observed as a national holiday.

Since November 19th 1943, Garifuna Settlement Day has been observed as a public holiday in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts only. It was not until 1977, under the leadership of Premier George Price that the 19th of November was officially adopted as a Public and Bank holiday. On the 18th of May 2001, via a declaration, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The National Garifuna Council, the San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Culture Committee take the opportunity to wish all Belizeans a happy Garifuna Settlement Day.


Belikin - HAPPY GARIFUNA SETTLEMENT DAY

Buidula Hafeduhani Haweyuri Garinagu! Belikin wishes all of Belize a Happy Garifuna Settlement Day!


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#498109 - 11/19/14 08:43 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day 2014 [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Settlement Day For All Cultures

Today is Garifuna Settlement day - first observed only in Stann Creek as Carib Disembarkation Day in 1941. But it became a national public and bank holiday in the 70's and that has transformed it over time from a localized ethnic observance to a unifying national celebration.

Now, all the excitement happens today, but the students at the Unity Presbyterian School in Belize City got a taste of that excitement yesterday right in their classrooms. The teachers organized a Garifuna cultural Day for the students with the full works from food to music. Standard 3 teacher Natalie Flowers told us why this event is crucial to keep the Garifuna culture recognized among youth from different ethnic groups.


Belize Cultural Celebrations Series Vol. 1: Garifuna Settlement Day (Yurumein)

The Belize Cultural Celebrations Series comprises of educational posters and short videos produced by the National Institute of Culture and History through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research. Yurumein is the first in the series, featuring images, video footage and interviews that were collected by a team of cultural activists. The materials were gathered from the communities of Libertad, Belize City, Hopkins, Dangriga and Punta Gorda on November 19th, 2013.


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#498134 - 11/19/14 04:56 PM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day 2014 [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Every year on November 19, Garifuna Settlement day is observed which marks the arrival of the Garifuna people in Belizean territory in 1802. The holiday was created by Thomas Vincent Ramos, a Belizean civil rights activist and is celebrated for a whole week with major festivities that include parades, live music, drumming, dancing, prayers and pageantry in Garifuna communities. Here are 6 things to know about the Garifuna people of Belize:

1.) In 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the Garifuna language, music and dance as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. This designation means that it is a important culture that should be preserved, promoted and celebrated.

2.) According to Historians, the Garifuna resisted British and French colonialism in the Lesser Antilles and were defeated by the British in 1796. Because of a violent rebellion on St Vincent, the British moved 5000 Garifuna across the Caribbean to the Bay Islands off the north of Honduras. From there, they migrated to the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. By 1802 about 150 Garifuna had settled in Stann Creek (present day Dangriga) area and were engaged in fishing and farming.

3.) The Garifuna are resilient people who have survived many years of extreme hardships and are the only black people in the Americas to have preserved their native Afro-Caribbean culture due to the fact that their ancestors were never slaves. The Garifuna’s deep sense of kinship and participation in community cultural activities have provide them with a sense of solidarity and cultural identity during times of turmoil.

4.) The religion of the Garifuna consists of a mix of Catholicism, African and Indian beliefs. They believe that the departed ancestors mediate between the individual and external world and if a person behaves and performs well, then he will have good fortune. If not, then the harmony that exists in relationships with others and the external world will be disrupted leading to misfortune and illness. Their spiritualism is expressed through music, dancing and other art forms.

5.) The Garifuna foods consist of fish, chicken, cassava, bananas and plantains. One of the staples of the diet is cassava. Cassava is made into bread, a drink, a pudding and even a wine! The cassava bread is served with most meals. The process of making the bread is very labor intensive and takes several days. Hudut is a very common traditional meal. Hudut consists of fish cooked in a coconut broth (called sere) and served with mashed plantains or yams. Dharasa is the Garifuna version of a tamale made with green bananas. It can be made either sweet or sour. The foods are very labor intensive and used to be cooked over an open fire hearth. Today, stoves save time, but some families still prefer the taste of the fire hearth.

6.) The Garifuna flag consists of three horizontal strips of black, white and yellow, in that order, starting from the top. The flag has been accepted internationally as the flag of the Garifuna Nation and the colors have been used in forums where Garifuna people assert their Garifuna identity. Discover the culture of Belize.

Photo of the Renactment as it happened today.

Corozal Daily

Garifuna Settlement Day, A Very Special National Holiday, In San Pedro, Belize
November 19th is a National Holiday in Belize – one that celebrates a beautiful culture that is unique in so many ways. Garifuna Settlement Day. The celebrated day when the Garifuna people traveled to the shores of Belize and Honduras (celebrated April 12) and Guatemala (November 26th) with provisional plants like cassava and plantain. And made this area their home. The Garifuna people have not only the best music in Belize but their own language, food and culture. Watch this amazing video for a really great description of their history and their language.


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#498182 - 11/21/14 10:11 AM Re: Garifuna Settlement Day 2014 [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

What 19th Was Like In Dangriga

November 19th is a day that Garinagu living in Belize and abroad revere - it marks their arrival in Belize - and is a national holiday - a distinction which only the Garifuna of Belize enjoy - you won't find that in Guatemala, Honduras or Nicaragua.

This year though you might have thought that the celebratory spirit would be dampened by the relentless rain.

Indeed, It was a wet Garifuna Settlement Day but that did not dilute the significance of the event nor the sense of community and pride among participants and on lookers. Courtney Weatherburne was in Dangriga.

Courtney Weatherburne reporting
The history of the Garifuna tells us that they arrived in Belize on November 19th, 1823. 91 years later the re-enactment of the arrival of the ancestors still continues.

With the Garifuna flag hoisted proudly, swaying in the early morning wind, the participants of the YURUMEIN paddled in. Their chants and songs reverberating like the infectious beat of the drums.

Alice Sabal, Onlooker
"We are celebrating our heritage. We are celebrating our music. We are celebrating our language. We are celebrating the way we dress - that's what we are celebrating today and that is what we should be depicting as Garifuna youths today."

It is a grand celebration indeed and the YURUMEIN is only the beginning. As the participants dock, a special communal performance welcomes their arrival. Then there is the procession to the Sacred Heart church for mass.

It has every appearance of a vibrant and flourishing ceremony but there is a nagging undertone: what is the level of youth involvement and more importantly, whether they will carry forward this national celebration.

Indeed, youths flooded the bridge, streets and riversides but are they really out here to embrace their heritage?

Joycelyn Lambey Cayetano. Onlooker
"That's the scary part because yes they are all here in abundance, but nevertheless it's more for a party setting because the youth really need to galvanize to carry the legacy because the Garinagu people have a rich culture that has been suppress lately for whatever reason. I don't know why the kids are not engaging."

Rita Bennett, Onlooker
"Sometimes I think it's going to diminish getting dress with the culture."

And there are some youths who are interested in connecting with their culture and heritage. That appreciation was sparked from a very early age.

Imani Palacio, Participant
"Well I fir sure enjoy it and every year I go, so from primary school enjoy doing it. Every year we do tis just to show love for our ancestors."

Trevan Castillo, Participant
"I choose to be a part of Yurumei because my ancestors did it and so I just want to take up that habit of doing it because I don't want my culture to be lost. I want to uplift my culture and be in it."

That outlook on their identity was inspired by their parents.

Alice Sabal, Imani's Mother
"It's been easy because we listen to a lot of Garifuna music at home and what the children do is practice the songs. So it becomes much easy for them when they grow older that they can participate in whatever event leading up to the celebration."

Darwin Lino, Drummer
"Keep the culture alive. Spread the culture and do more towards the culture and not wait for 19th November to come and spread the culture. They have to spread it and do it the right way."

So this event is both retrospective and prospective. It is a strong tie to the past but also a link to the future, to instill a lesson of history and perseverance into coming generations. Reporting for 7news, I'm Courtney Weatherburne.

Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington were present for the mass.

Channel 7


San Pedro joins in National Garifuna Settlement Day celebration
Residents on Ambergris Caye joined Belizeans across the country in celebrating National Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th. The events planned in the various Garifuna communities were held under the theme “Mibe La Yanu. Awanse La Wadagimanu. Bunguiwaba, Wagia Largi – Let’s not just talk. Let the work progress. God Before us and we behind.” In San Pedro Town, the events were spearheaded by the local branch of the National Garifuna Council with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and the San Pedro Town Council. Due to weather condition, some of the activities had to be cancelled, while others were held in closed door locations. The events started with a small ceremony at the Lions Den on the night of the 18th in which the festivities were officially declared opened. Remarks were delivered by various dignitaries, including local coordinator of the San Pedro House of Culture Councilor Mito Paz, Jorge Aldana from the San Pedro Cultural Committee and the President of the San Pedro Branch of the National Garifuna Council Elroy Catillo. Following the opening remarks, the public was entertained all night with drumming and dance presentations by various Garifuna Dance and Drum groups.


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