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Garifuna Council announces “November Celebrations”

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Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 4:47 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Their more famous cousin was rather muted this year, but the National Garifuna Council (NGC) is clearly hoping to make “November Celebrations” – specifically, Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19 – a thing.

The date commemorates the arrival of Garinagu in what is now Dangriga in 1823 from Roatan, Honduras, completing a cross-sea voyage from their native Saint Vincent and Baliceaux to which they were expelled after a rebellion against the British in 1797. The date was made a public holiday in the 1970s.

The Council released its virtual calendar of activities designed to touch original and new issues for the Garifuna people – from drum and hudut making to tackling mental health and land rights.

There are also the usual fixtures such as the Garifuna Quiz Competition, Tribute to Thomas Vincent Ramos and Battle of the Drums in Punta Gorda on November 13, Garifuna Awareness Day with Garinagu wearing the official colors of black, yellow and white on November 18, and official ceremonies on November 19 including the Yurumein and Church Service.

The ceremonies will officially be launched on November 1.

This year’s theme is Au Bun, Amürü Nu Hagabüribei Garinagu; Awanse Wamá Lau: ‘I for You, You for Me’ Is the Garifuna Way; Let Us Move Forward.

The Council says: “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.”

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