San Pedro Garifuna Council launches November Celebrations activities calendar
The National Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch (NGCSPB) has prepared their calendar of activities for the November celebrations leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day, celebrated annually on November 19th. Held under the national theme, ‘Lererun Garifuna Laguchabei Labagaridun Garifunaduau!- Garifuna Language is the Foundation of Garifuna Survival!,’ this year’s activities include education and entertainment.
The Garifuna Settlement Day activities will commence on Saturday, October 26th with the return of the Miss Garifuna San Pedro Branch pageant to be held at Lions Den in downtown San Pedro starting at 8PM. Activities will continue with a two-day drumming event, on Saturday, November 2nd at the Central Park. On Sunday, November 3rd, it will be at the Boca Del Rio Park. Both events start at 7PM. On Wednesday, November 6th a Garifuna Translation Workshop will be held for all island teachers who are interested in raising awareness on the importance of keeping the language alive for the younger generation.
A Garifuna Mass will be held on Sunday, November 10th at 10AM at San Pedro Roman Catholic Church. The following day, a drumming competition will be held at Central Park starting at 7PM. To highlight the importance of the Garifuna culture and its contribution to Belize, a Social Studies Night for island students will be held at the San Pedro Town Public Library (SPTPL) starting at 7PM on Tuesday, November 12th. A storytelling activity will be held at SPTPL starting at 7PM on Thursday, November 14th. A Garifuna Awareness reenactment for all primary schools on the island will follow on Friday, November 15th at Boca Del Rio Park at 9AM.
On Monday, November 18th the official celebrations to commemorate the 186th anniversary of the arrival of Garinagu people to Belize will start from 8PM. Taking place will be the official coronation of the Miss Garifuna San Pedro 2019, live cultural presentations, music and of course drumming all night long to bring in the 19th.
On Tuesday, November 19th, the festivities will commence with the official Yurumein, which is a reenactment of the arrival of the Garifuna to Belize, followed by a parade through the streets of San Pedro Town. All are invited to Central Park, where there will be lots of food and live music all day long.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun