National Garifuna Council’s Release November Celebrations 2021 Calendar of Events

National Garifuna Council has once again organized a variety of virtual activities for its 2021 November Celebrations. NGC continues to work with our partners and communities to ensure that this year's Calendar of activities focus on Garifuna identity, spirituality and perseverance. 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, we look forward to your continued support and engagement as 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.

The theme chosen is Au Bun, Amürü Nu Hagabüribei Garinagu; Awanse Wamá Lau: ‘I for You, You for Me’ Is the Garifuna Way; Let Us Move Forward. As Garinagu and Belizeans, we must continue to ensure that we protect each other as we battle and adjust to the restrictions brought upon us due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As always, NGC encourages everyone to wear their masks properly, practice social distancing protocols and other preventative measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our beautiful Belize.

The annual celebration commemorates the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize in 1832, after being expelled from their home in St. Vincent in the Caribbean. The significant cultural contribution to Belize was commemorated in 1977, when under the leadership of the late Premier George Cadle Price, November 19th was officially declared a public and bank holiday.

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