Activities leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day are taking place all across Belize. On Ambergris Caye, the San Pedro Branch of the National Garifuna Council has been active throughout the month. Our island correspondent has the details.
The drumming and dancing on various streets of San Pedro Town has vehicles and pedestrians coming to a halt to enjoy a sneak peak of the Garifuna culture. The all day drumming is an annual event on the island where dancers and drummers make stops at various businesses and hotels to do half hour performances. It is one the highlights leading up to Garifuna Settlement Day activities on the island. Eden Velasquez is the San Pedro branch president of the National Garifuna Council.
Eden Velasquez, San Pedro National Garifuna Council Branch President: “Today as part of the president of the NGC San Pedro Branch we’ll be having all day drumming, we’ll be going to different establishments to have the drumming. Tonight we will be having activities at the Central Park, we started at 8am and we also have the Larubeya Band from Belize City. Tomorrow our ceremony will start at 10:30am so after our ceremony we’ll be having a small parade around town.”
The National theme for Garifuna Settlement Dayis “Garifuna Language is the Foundation of the Garifuna people”