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Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize: Gorgeous Photos From Around the Country

Today is a national holiday in Belize celebrating the initial landing of the Garifuna people on the shores of our country.  Bringing with them an amazing culture, music, religion, language…the Garifuna culture has been recognized by UNESCO as a cultural masterpiece.

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The Wisdom Tree in Punta Gorda on the morning of Nov 19th, 2013

For more historical context, you can read about some of it here.  Instead show you some pictures people have been posting this morning of celebrations throughout the country – and a few from my awesome experience in Punta Gorda two years ago.


GORGEOUS photos from around Belize.  The first taken by photographer Tony Rath – who is amazing and lives in Dangriga, the cultural capital of Belize.


From Andrew Tushie – Instagram @tushie.


One of my favorite Instagram accounts @DfPhotos_Bze hit both Dangriga and Hopkins.


And he took a photo of the Christmas release from Belikin – the Sorrel Stout – in Hopkins.

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San Pedro had a pageant last night and many kids celebrated cultural day at their schools (today’s a day off!)


And some cuties posted by Ilda (@ilda.g) of little Garifuna at San Pedro Pre-School.


One of my favorite pictures…from a crazy night in Belmopan where I went to see Prince Harry.  I wish I had taken it…but no.  (Here’s my experience.)

The Prince dancing with a Garifuna lady.

From the UK Telegraph
From the UK Telegraph

And though not on the holiday, I still love this picture of this woman serving an impromptu guest some homemade Garifuna food in Dangriga.

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And from @jesmenbz


Everyone have a lovely sunshine-y holiday.  And enjoy the late Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective’s gorgeous song “Watina”.


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