Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020. 3:46 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Normally the most social of our ethnic groups, the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed the Garifuna people of a chance to celebrate their arrival to our shores in 1832 in public.
But celebration – safely – there will be, promises the National Garifuna Council (NGC).
With nearly 2,200 active cases of COVID-19 countrywide including the Stann Creek District, the Council has been producing a variety of virtual activities designed to celebrate and highlight the vibrant Garifuna culture, language, music, and dance, while keeping social interaction to a minimum.
These include a “jam session” with Nuru, Garifuna Heartbeat band and the legendary Chico Ramos last week; the official tribute to the founder of Garifuna Settlement Day Thomas Vincent Ramos; the annual Battle of the Drums from Punta Gorda Town over the weekend, and panel discussions yesterday and today moderated by Garifuna elders.
The NGC encourages everyone to stay home, avoid crowds, wear their masks properly, wash and/or sanitize hands regularly, practice social distancing protocols and other preventative measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our beautiful Belize.
The theme chosen for this year is “Garinagu: úara, here; awansera asta lidan liderenouga.” (“Garinagu: United and Strong, moving forward despite challenges.”)
Visit the NGC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ngcbelize to find out more.
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