Belize Celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day

Belize Celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day


Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

Belize Celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort hosts visitors for the celebration

HOPKINS VILLAGE, Belize — Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, a multi-award-winning boutique eco resort offers guests the opportunity to celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th. Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations include parades, live music, drumming, dancing, prayers, Garifuna mass and the election of Miss Garifuna. Local Garifuna women dress in colorful costumes, there is traditional food, music and dancing, all of which visitors are invited to participate.  One highlight is the reenactment of the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize. Early in the morning, locals dress in traditional clothing and ride along the coastline in a boat, blowing conch shells and stopping at homes – and Hamanasi Resort – for welcome gifts of rum, food and more. In return, they drum and dance.

How the Garinagu came to Belize is an epic story spanning continents and the seas, beginning nearly 500 years ago in the 17th century on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  In 1635, two Spanish ships carrying Nigerian slaves wrecked near St. Vincent.  The surviving slaves intermingled with the local Carib Indians, and fused into a single culture known as Black Carib or Garinagu.  After strained relations with French and later English the Garinagu fled to Honduras and ultimately Belize.  Hopkins, which is the closest settlement to Hamanasi, is, perhaps, the most traditional Garifuna fishing village in Belize.  Each year, Garifuna Settlement Day is celebrated as a time to rejoice in finally finding a place to settle and continue traditions, grow families and to prosper.

Throughout the year, guests may immerse themselves in Garifuna customs and the cocktail of cultures of Belize.  Guests may take a bike into Hopkins and visit the local drum maker, take a lesson at the drumming school and enjoy an authentic meal in a native restaurant.  For an immersion into Garifuna history and cooking, Hamanasi offers a Garifuna Cooking Class. Weekly, Hamanasi’s cultural evening includes a Garifuna drumming and dancing performance and dinner entrees featuring foods of Belize’s many cultures.   And for linguists, you can try to learn a few words in Garifuna, Mayan and Kriol languages. For more information about Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, please visit, email or call 877-552-3483. You can also follow Hamanasi on Facebook.

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About Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is nestled between sandy beaches and lush rainforest on Belize’s central coast, just outside a traditional Garifuna village off the major tourism route. The boutique resort embodies casual elegance with displays of Belizean hardwood furniture, locally crafted art, fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine, and a warm, welcoming staff. Customer service is a high priority at Hamanasi; employees undergo an extensive training program and share a true sense of pride and ownership in the resort.

CONTACT: Dana Krauskopf

TEL: 571-405-7664



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