The holidays are just around the corner, but first we have Garifuna Settlement Day!
The national holiday is celebrated on November 19th, commemorating when the Garifuna people arrived on the shores of Belize in 1802. After being displaced by the British they sought refuge on our shores, and they’ve added greatly to Belize’s cultural mosaic ever since.
A mixed indigenous people, the Garifuna have a unique language, dance, music, and dishes. While Garifuna Settlement Day is celebrated most in the areas with large Garifuna populations, such as Dangriga and Hopkins, festivities reverberate across the country.
If you’re in Belize we hope you’ll get the opportunity to experience the Garifuna culture during the celebrations!