Garinagu Celebrate in Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

A series of celebrations were held in San Ignacio Town, Cayo on Monday, November 19th, as part of the celebrations of Garifuna Settlement Day. A re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize was observed early in the morning on the Macal River near San Ignacio Town.

Later on in the day, the Garinagu and other members of the Community gathered at Piache Enterprises in San Ignacio to give recognition to Godsman Ellis and his family for their pioneering work in cultural exchanges in the Cayo neighbourhood. While there, the children had portions of ‘hudut’, cassava porridge and other traditional Garifuna foods. In the lively atmosphere, there was determination to hold more such events before the transpiration of November 19, 2013.

Piache was also witness to dances in ‘Punta’ and ‘Paranda’ style.

By dusk, the Sacred Heart Church in San Ignacio, beautifully decorated by Laura Augustine and other ladies of the Garifuna Community, opened in welcoming praise. There were many songs and praises in the Garifuna Way.

Leaders of the Garinagu Community in Cayo would like to thank the Augustine, Ceigo, Pastor and other families for making the November 19th Celebrations in San Ignacio a very good and memorable one.

“We look forward to this type of sharing, to teach drumming and hope to have them integrated in the curriculum, so that as many people learn about Belize, that it is beautiful in terms of the diversity that we have as a people,” adds Cynthia Ellis Topsey, who is the contact person for the National Garifuna Council in the San Ignacio and Benque Viejo Area.