Celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day: A Vibrant Tradition in Hopkins

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In November, Seiri del Mar takes a cultural journey to discover the vibrant Garifuna heritage that permeates the coastal village of Hopkins. Seiri Del Mar invites you to immerse yourself in the rhythms, traditions, and history that define this unique community.

Every year on November 19th, the coastal village of Hopkins comes alive with vibrant colors, rhythmic beats, and a palpable sense of cultural pride. Garifuna Settlement Day is a celebration of heritage, resilience, and the rich history of the Garifuna people. At Seiri Del Mar, we were honored to be a part of this annual festivity, and we invite you to join us next year in experiencing the magic of this special day.

Garifuna Settlement Day commemorates the arrival of the Garifuna people to Belize’s shores in 1802. Descendants of West African slaves who intermingled with indigenous Caribbean people, the Garifuna have a unique and fascinating cultural identity. Their arrival in Belize marked a pivotal moment in the country’s history, and this day serves as a tribute to their strength, resilience, and contributions to Belizean society.

Traditional Drumming and Dance:

Experience the heart and soul of Garifuna culture through mesmerizing drumming and vibrant dance performances. Our talented local artists will captivate you with their rhythms and movements, providing a firsthand taste of this dynamic art form.

Culinary Delights:

Indulge your taste buds in the flavors of Garifuna cuisine. Join us for a special cooking class where you’ll learn to prepare authentic dishes like Hudut. Delight in the rich blend of spices and fresh ingredients that make Garifuna food a culinary treasure.

Artisan Workshops:

Engage with local Garifuna artisans as they share their skills and craftsmanship. From drum making to vibrant paintings, you’ll witness the creativity and cultural expression that defines the Garifuna artistic tradition.

Garifuna Settlement Day is not only a celebration but also a reminder of the importance of preserving cultural heritage for future generations. At Seiri Del Mar, we are dedicated to supporting initiatives that promote the continued vitality of Garifuna traditions, including education, arts, and community development.

This day is a celebration of unity, culture, and the enduring spirit of the Garifuna people. At Seiri Del Mar, we invite you to join us in honoring this significant day and experiencing the beauty and vibrancy of Garifuna culture. Through immersive experiences, heartfelt connections, and a deep appreciation for history, we hope to create lasting memories that celebrate the essence of Belize.