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November is Garifuna History Month – Belize celebrates!

Of the many cultures and ethnic groups that make up the identity of Belize, none is more synonymous to November than the Garinagu/Garifuna culture. An annual celebration held in Belize on November 19th and a public and bank holiday, this day signals their prominence and arrival to our southern shores; almost 4 centuries ago. This holiday is known as the Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize. Here are a few facts focusing on this unique culture and people that share part of our identity as a country. History of the Garifuna More than four centuries ago, the British began importing slaves from Africa to work on plantations in the Caribbean. Over time, these people began intermarrying with local Carib and Arawak natives, developing a new culture called the Garifuna. After rebelling against the British, the Garifuna were pursued throughout the Caribbean. First landing on the island of Roatan (part of modern Honduras) where they adopted cassava into their diet, the Garifuna eventually arrived on the shores of Belize on November 19, 1802, establishing themselves in villages such as Barranco, Seine Bight, Dangriga, Hopkins and Punta Gorda. Their cultural contribution to Belize has been so positive that in 1977, under the leadership of […]

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The International Costa Maya Festival is set to draw in big crowds! #DealAlert

Already one of Ambergris Caye’s more anticipated annual events, the International Costa Maya Festival promises to go bigger than ever this summer in Belize. Set for August 2nd through to August 5th, this multicultural event highlights beauty, diverse backgrounds, culture, music, and food in a whole-some three-day celebration. So, if you are planning a visit to Belize in August, plan accordingly and catch this much anticipated event. Here are a few quick facts to brush up on your Costa Maya history; The Costa Maya International Festival actually had its origin as The San Pedro International Sea and Air Festival. This year will be the 27th edition since its inception in 1991 The festival was the brainchild of a few San Pedranos along with members of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, particularly Bruce and Victoria Collins. All eight Mundo Maya countries including; Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama participate. Beauty Delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama will all be vying for the coveted title of Miss Costa Maya International on Friday, August 3rd. The current title holder for the crown is Belize’s very own Michelle Estrella Nuñez Master of ceremonies […]

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