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Nov 18, 2015

Traditional Activities Planned for Garifuna Settlement Day

On the eve of Garifuna Settlement Day, final preparations are being made by the branches of the National Garifuna Council for the traditional reenactment of the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize. Two hundred and thirteen years ago, on November nineteenth, 1802, the Garinagu headed by national hero, Thomas Vincent Ramos, sought refuge in Belize, having been driven away from Honduras.  The activities leading up to the official ceremonies start as earlier as eight o’clock tonight, when the city will come alive with the drumming and dancing near the Atlantic Bank on Freetown Road. Today, President Francisco Zuniga told News Five about the rundown for the activities in the Old Capital.


Francisco Zuniga

Francisco Zuniga, President, National Garifuna Council, Belize City Branch

“Unfortunately, most of the time people feel that all these celebrations are only centered in Stann Creek and Toledo districts, but Belize City is the central. Belize City remains the commercial city and we try to make it as much as possible a grand activity in Belize City.”


Duane Moody

“Talk to us about what all will happen.”


Francisco Zuniga

“Beginning tonight, this is the eve of the big day. We will be having drumming from eight o’clock tonight at the open lot opposite Atlantic Bank. We’ll be having all night drumming from eight p.m. to five o’clock in the morning. We invite everyone to come out, enjoy the best of delicious Garifuna dishes and also drumming and most importantly and the best, the hard and soft drinks.”


Duane Moody

“Take us into what is going to happen tomorrow.”


Francisco Zuniga

“Tomorrow morning, we will have the reenactment; this is an exercise that happened two hundred and thirteen years ago, 1802 when our Garifuna people arrived to the shores of Belize. You know the whole reenactment; there was hard time given by the governor, but at the end of the day, the Garifuna people accepted to the shores and we now have Garifunas all over the Jewel of this beautiful country. So tomorrow morning, that reenactment will take place at the foot of the BelCan Bridge at the Save U Supermarket pier. They will be received by the mayor, his worship Mister Darrell Bradley and immediately after that there will be a parade going over the BelCan Bridge to Mahogany Street and then proceed into Partridge Street then turn into Vernon Street and end at the St. Martin’s Church where we will be having the thanksgiving mass.”

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