Belize Celebrates Garifuna Survival Day, Honoring Cultural Resilience and Heritage

Belize Celebrates Garifuna Survival Day, Honoring Cultural Resilience and Heritage

Today’s Garifuna Survival Day marks the 227th anniversary of the first arrival of the Garinagu in Roatan, after being exiled by the British from their homeland Caribbean Island of St. Vincent. That day marked the culmination of decades of struggle by the Garinagu to protect their lands against British colonist. In 1802, 150 Garifuna laborers were imported to the settlement of Belize. Despite the adversities that the Garinagu faced, their culture, language, and traditions continue to thrive. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dolores Balderamos says Garifuna people are an integral part of Belizean culture. 

The National Garifuna Council is the entity responsible for preserving and promoting the Garifuna culture. Garifuna preservation initiatives in Belize include the creation of the Guilisi Garifuna Museum, the Hamalali Garifuna Radio station, and the inclusion of Garifuna Language in School programs.

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