The vibrant culture of the Garifuna people graced our shores in 1832, and every year on November 19th, Belize honors their arrival with a holiday. November is a celebration of drumming, dancing, laughter and an appreciation for one of our more colorful ethnic groups.

Re-enactments tell the story of both the survival and flourishing of a resilient people, descendants of Arawak Indians and African slaves. All across the country, various activities are planned for the weeks leading up to the big holiday, and San Pedro Town is no exception. Besides Cultural Sundays, complete with live music and dancing at the Central Park, there will also be a fashion show on November 10th. November 12th through the 16th will be Cultural Awareness Week, and the grand finale for that week will be a fun Garifuna Translation Contest!
We thought it would be fun to share some of the common phrases for you to learn a bit.

Thank You – Seremein
How Are You? – Ida Biangi?
What is it? – Katei Le?
What day is it today? – Ka weyu uguyen
Water – Duna
Doctor – Surusia
Police – Taguaha
Book – Líburu
Money – Seinsu
One Love – Aba Isieni

Sunday November 18th will be another Sunday of music, food and dance, bringing in the big day on Monday November 19th. Don’t miss out this incredible celebration, being celebrated under the 2018 theme: Garifuna Progress: A Task For All Garinagu/Lawanserun Garifunaduau: Hadasi Sun Garinagu!

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Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. She loves sharing her adventures with her daughter Inori, hoping to encourage her to lead an adventurous life and enjoy the beauty of the world around her. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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