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Nov 18, 2009

Garifuna Settlement Day activities in Belize City and Griga

25886It is the eve of Garifuna Day celebrations, and whether or not you are heading south to the cradle of the Garifuna community you can still enjoy the celebrations. Channel Five’s Open Your Eyes will bring you a special show from Dangriga beginning at six-thirty in the morning. The coverage includes the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu to our shores and the traditional procession. A packed line-up has been planned and there will be performances by the legendary Paul Nabor and much more. So join us from the Cultural capital. Here in Belize City, the official ceremonies will be held at the Memorial Park. According to the Belize City Branch President of the Garifuna Council, Matthew Martinez, the activities kick off tonight a seven-thirty.

Matthew Martinez, President, Nat’l Garifuna Council, Belize City

“Tonight is the eighteenth night and we will be having all night drumming and dancing at the Memorial Park so we are encouraging everybody to come out. We start at seven-thirty p.m. and that will go until tomorrow evening six p.m. So we’re encouraging everybody from all over the country to come to Belize City because Belize City is the place for November celebrations. On the nineteenth morning at seven-fifteen we have the reenactment at the foot of the Belcan Bridge. From there we parade to the St. Martin’s De Porres Church for the thanksgiving mass at seven-thirty a.m. After the mass, we parade to Memorial Park for the official ceremonies which will start at ten a.m. This year, Belize City will be the host for the national official ceremony; we will host the National President of the National Garifuna council of Belize, Mister Ernest Castro, will be delivering his address along with the Prime Minister of Belize, the honorable Dean Barrow.”

Duane Moody

“Why not down in Dangriga, the culture capital?”

Matthew Martinez

“Yes, Dangriga is the culture capital of Belize; we know that, we are fully aware of that. But what happen with the National Garifuna Council, we rotate the official ceremonies from time to time.”

And this just in: word has been received that Paul Nabor has been hospitalized at the Southern Regional Hospital.


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