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Sep 7, 2006

Creole festival highlights preservation of culture

Story PictureThe Garinagu have November nineteenth, Mestizos October twelfth and–without an official designation–September tenth has been the traditional time for the Creole to shine. Today, the National Kriol Council rallied its people around a proud culture.

These boys and girls may have gotten a bit confused trying to recreate a tradition of their grandparents … but eventually the maypole was properly plaited.

The game is just one of the fun activities held to promote the Creole Culture at the festival hosted on the grounds of the House of Culture. National Kriol Council president Myrna Manzanares says that at this time as we reflect on just how far Belize has come as an independent nation we should not forget to focus on the ethnic groups that helped make us who we are today … that?s why the National Kriol Council is also advocating to the observance of a day in their honour.

Myrna Manzanares, President, National Kriol Council
?Belizeans have to know that and have to understand that every culture has there input but we have been the significant and a large part of the development. So we have to got a Creole Day. The Garinagu?s came after, they have the nineteenth and the people pushed for it, and we are not taking anything away from them. Consequently the Belize Creole who have been here for so long it is important they have their own day. We have the foods. A lot of different types of food. The rice and beans, the Belizean dish not only the Creole dish. It has come to be the Belizean dish. We have crab soup, we have fudge, tablata, cotobrut and different things like that.?

Much activity has taken place to promote the Creole Culture but it has been an ongoing struggle to achieve.

Myrna Manzanares
?It has been a very big struggle. The reason why we have the outcome of people out here today and the last two years was because of the support of NICH, who assisted with having the infrastructure.?

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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