With Garifuna Settlement Day slated for Thursday, November 19th, the San Pedro Branch of the National Garifuna Council has announced several activities which will be held to commemorate their culture and heritage.

In San Pedro, activities kicked off on Thursday, November 5th with a presentation on Reef TV’s Morning Show. On Saturday, November 14th everyone is invited to participate in a Garifuna Cooking demonstration at Central Park from 10AM to 3PM. This will be followed by the Ms. Garifuna San Pedro Pageant scheduled on the same day at 7PM at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sports Complex. Five lovely ladies will be contesting for the crown from reigning Miss Garifuna San Pedro Tisane Martinez. The contestants are Sheila Montero, Zennia Nunez, Nicole Dun, Michelle Martinez and Ashanti Martinez. The night will include entertainment by Black and White Charikanari Dancers, as well as great food and drinks. Tickets for the event are on sale at the SPTC at the following costs: Children – free, high school students – $5, adults – $10 and reserved -$15.

The annual Garifuna translation demonstration for school children will be held on Monday, November 16th from 7PM at Central Park. On Tuesday, November 17th, residents are asked to visit Central Park between the hours of 10PM to 3PM to view a Garifuna Exhibition. The primary schools’ Urumei (reenactment of their ancestor’s arrival to Belize’s shoreline) will be held at Central Park on Wednesday, November 18th from 1PM to 4PM, followed by a cultural presentation at Honorable Louis Sylvester Sports Complex at 7PM.

The activities will conclude on Thursday, November 19th with the celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day. The day will start with the official Urumei for adults that takes place at Central Park at 5AM, followed by a solidarity mass at the San Pedro Catholic Church. The official ceremonies will be held at 11AM at the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sport Complex, and will feature the crowning of the newly elected Miss Garifuna San Pedro.

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2015 National Garifuna Settlement Day Theme: "Bungiu lerebei sunkatei lidan nein furende luma benefou awanferuni houn Garinagu". "God is the strength of all things and Garifuna progress lies in Education and Hard Work".