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Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

garifuna2.jpg - 107.77 KbAll around the country, Belizeans joined in with the fellow “Garinagu” citizens in Celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day, which was observed on Tuesday, November 19th.

It is in commemoration of the original Garifuna settlers who arrived in Belize on November 19, 1802, when they sought and were granted asylum by the Governor of the day. In remembrance of that event, Belize enjoys a public and bank holiday.

Throughout the entire day of November 19th, the Garifuna people participate in different ceremonies and activities to remind the younger generation of the importance of the day they were allowed to live peacefully in Belize.

On Tuesday at around 7 a.m., Garifunas and other residents living in Belize City and surrounding areas joined together in observing the “Yurumei”, the ceremonial arrival done annually. Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley had the honour of representing the Governor for his second year, he was out at the foot of the Belcan Bridge to welcome the “arriving members”, and to grant them access to the country in the same fashion as it happened 211 years ago.

President of the Belize City Branch of National Garifuna Council told the media that the “Yurumei” is important to remind the country, especially the Garifuna people, of the importance of the hardships which the ancestors experienced, fleeing from slavery, poverty, violence, and their eventual prosperity in Belize.

Mayor Darrell Bradley said that he was proud to be a part of the ceremony and he sees the importance that the City places on the holiday. He added that he was humbled to see so many young people participate in the “Yurumei”, to note the important contributions that the Garifuna have made to the country over the years in the areas of education, healthcare and public service.

After the ceremony was completed, everyone moved from the Belcan Bridge to the Saint Martin De Porres Church at the corner of Partridge and Vernon Streets for church service in the honour of Garifuna Settlement Day.

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