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Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2020. 6:38 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Garinagu people have been instrumental in the development of Belize and while the 218th anniversary of their arrival to the country coincides with the challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the National Garifuna Council (NGC) says that it will not be deterred in preserving and promoting its rich culture.

The NGC is set to hold a virtual launch for its November Celebrations calendar of events, on November 1, keeping with the requirements set by the National COVID-19 Oversight Committee to limit the size of social gatherings.

President of the NGC, Sandra Miranda noted that apart from the virtual calendar launch the NGC’s branches countrywide will be hosting virtual events focusing on Garifuna identity, spirituality, and perseverance, while honoring the contributions of past and present Garinagu and highlighting the vibrant Garifuna culture, language, music, and dance. 

“The theme was not selected based on the pandemic. However, we are facing challenges due to the pandemic. United and strong we still move forward despite the COVID-19 challenges,” Miranda said. 

Miranda also noted that Garinagu people have been celebrating the arrival of the first Garinagu to Belize since 1941 in Dangriga, marking the 79th celebration in the height of Belize’s COVID-19 crisis.

She stressed that, despite not being the inspiration for this year’s theme, the pandemic has made the theme even more relevant.

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