Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrated

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 46            November 24, 2005

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Elisha Gonzalez & Bertha Calderon


The re-enactment included a boat ride, the Garifunas' main mode of transportation upon arrival


A short walk onto shore culminates the arrival by boat


Children dressed up and prepared great presentations for their visitors


Part of the projects at the primary school included a showcase of boat models


On Friday, dancers performed at the Belize Bank parking lot for customers and visitors alike


A parade was also held with the colorful costumes of the Garifuna brightening the streets of San Pedro

In the weeks leading up to the grand day, San Pedro Garifunas held several activities to promote this national holiday. Part of the festivities included 2 pageants, wherein Elisha Gonzalez was selected as Miss Garifuna San Pedro, and Bertha Calderon was chosen as Miss Garifuna Yumen.

   The R.C. School also held an open day with several presentations on the Garifuna culture. All schools were invited to view the presentations, and children of all grades and ages presented some fantastic projects.

   These fun filled activities involved great music, food and dancing, and they all culminated on the official day, November 19th, 2005, when the celebrations came into full swing, with the early morning re-enactment of the arrival, followed by day-long celebration. Happy Garifuna Settlement Day!



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