Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2019. 5:35 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Tourism Board’s Familiarization Tour Day One, saw 19 members of the media visiting Caves Branch in Cayo and ending off their day in Placencia with supper at the renowned Tipsy Tuna, then getting some much-needed rest at the Miramar Hotel. Day Two of the adventure took the group some 109 miles from the starting point in Belize City, for a cultural immersion presentation in the Garifuna Community, Seine Bight.
The presentation, done by the Wamalali (Our Voice) Cultural Group, was held at the Seine Bight Multipurpose Center, where much of the villages’ social gatherings are held. The sound of Garifuna drums and singing filled the entire venue, as the group performed various Garifuna traditional dances. During intermissions, the group’s leader Richard Ramos, shared details about the history of Garifuna people: their origins, struggles and customs, as well as explanations for the purposes of each dance.
Following the presentations, the media was presented with a signature Garifuna dish, the Hudut, and were treated to having the plantain for the Hudut mashed at the venue, with some members of the team joining in to help.
Kerwin Ramirez, vice chairman of the village, told the media that the music and dances done in the presentation is an essential part of ensuring that Garinagu culture is preserved and practiced in future generations. He also noted that the food is one of the best ways to experience Garifuna culture, and encouraged Belizeans from all over the country to venture to Seine Bight for a taste.
“One of the things that makes Seine Bight unique is the culture. Seine Bight is a home that welcomes everybody no matter who you are or where you come from, once you come into the community, they will treat you like you are from here,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez added that the village also has many other attractions including Lola’s Art Studio, Bobby’s Drumming School, and a beach view that can contend with any other major destination in Belize.
Day two wrapped up with the team experience nightlife in Placencia at one of the most-lively establishments on the peninsula, the Barefoot Bar. A monetary interruption caused by pounding rain did not dissuade people from swarming the establishment. The night wrapped up with another stay at the Miramar, in preparation for Day 3, where the team would be venturing to Laughing Bird Caye.
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