A young Garifuna Jankunu dancer prepares his costume before his dance performance on the beach at Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District, Belize. He is part of the Garifuna group that performs at the Lebeha Drumming School in the village. (Click here for Lebeha Drumming School article, pictures and video)
Belize observes Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19 in honor of the rich culture, heritage and history of the Garifuna people of the country. Festivities take place around the country under the theme "Let us progress in unity with God's goodness and the protection of our ancestors".
In San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, the San Pedro Town Council, in collaboration with the San Pedro Branch of the National Garifuna Council, Ministry of Tourism & Culture and the San Pedro Cultural Committee have prepared the following two events:
Monday, November 18, 2013 – Garifuna Settlement Eve Ceremony at Central Park – 8p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – Official Garifuna Settlement Day Celebration Ceremony at Central Park – 11a.m.