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    Happy Garifuna Settlement Day Belize! (Nov. 19th)

    The Garinagu settled in Seine Bight, Barranco, Punta Gorda (boop boop) and Punta Negra, Belize by way of Honduras as early as 1802. However, in Belize the 19th of November 1832, is the date officially recognised as "Garifuna Settlement Day" in Dangriga.

    Garifuna Settlement Day is celebrated for a whole week including parades, live music, drumming, dancing, prayers, Garifuna mass and election of Miss Garifuna take place to mark the anniversary. In communities like Dangriga and Punta Gorda, a dory symbolizing the arrival of the first Garinagu, is floating to shore around early morning dawn while local Garinagu ? the women dressed in their colorful costumes – , tourists and other interested await the arrival onshore.

    Since 1943 November 19th has been a public holiday in the Stan Creek and Toledo districts called Garifuna Settlement Day. From 1977 November 19th has been a county wide National Holiday.



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    Di Flag



    Black
    The black strip, which is located at the top, represents the black ancestry of the Garifuna people. The people have always acknowledged the African input into what became the Garifuna people, a phenomenon that occurred in St. Vincent starting in the seventeenth Century.

    This colour, at another level, recognizes the hardships and injustices that the people have had to endure, their struggles for survival and the odds that they have had to overcome in the course of their history. Apart from the experience of the Middle Passage, which we share with other black people of the Americas, there was the imprisonment on Balliceaux, the exile from our Vincentian homeland after the so called Carib Wars and the replay of the Middle Passage in the form of the mass forced relocation to Central America.

    Yellow
    The yellow strip at the bottom of the flag symbolizes the other half of the ancestry of the Garifuna ? the Amerindians or Yellow Caribs as they were referred to by Europeans. These were actually a mixture of Caribs and Arawaks and formed the host community in which the fusion of Africa and South America took place to give rise to the emergence of the Garinagu as a distinct group indigenous to the circum-Caribbean region.

    In contrast to the hardships experienced in the course of history, the yellow symbolizes the hope and prosperity. Yellow is the colour of grated cassava, which is further processed to make ereba, one of our staple foods. It is the colour of cassava juice, a colour that is further brought out in the process of turning it into dumari, an additive for enhancing sauces, soups and stews. (It seems to have been an identifying feature of Garifuna people as it is the ?tumali? that is referred to in the racial slur ?Salt head Kerub, tumali water?). Yellow is also the colour of the rising sun, which brings new promise and much hope for a better life. Yellow, therefore, represents hope, plenty and prosperity, as well as the Carib/Arawak input into the Garifuna identity.

    White
    The white strip, located in the middle between the black and the yellow, reminds us of the role of the white man (Europe) in the history and formation of the Garifuna people ? the forcible removal and enslavement of the African, the seizure of Garifuna land, which precipitated the Garifuna resistance, and the forcible removal of the people from St. Vincent. Even after the arrival and dispersal in Central America, it was still necessary to deal with the white man.

    At another level, white symbolizes the peace that has eluded the Garifuna people for most of their turbulent history – the peace for which they continue to yearn.
    Summary

    At one level, the colours represent the three principal races, with the black and yellow representing the African and the Carib/Arawak elements that fused to become the Garifuna. At a deeper level, the black symbolizes the hardships and injustices that we managed to survive in the course of our history, the yellow symbolizes hope and the prosperity for which we continue to struggle, and the white symbolizes peace.

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    Thanks for the knowledge. At least someone is celebrating November 19th, that's a fvcked up day for Trinidad.
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    The Founder Of Garifuna Settlement Day



    Thomas Vincent Ramos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Thomas Vincent Ramos was born in Puerto Cortez, Honduras on September 17th 1887, and died in Belize on November 14th, 1955. He migrated to Belize permanently in 1923. TV Ramos was the founder of Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize, which was initially celebrated in 1941 in the Stan Creek District of Belize (British Honduras), then in Punta Gorda or the Toledo District in 1943 and finally all of Belize (British Honduras) in 1977.

    It was while recently reading the terrific book, “Thomas Vincent Ramos: The Man and His Writings” (published by Adele Ramos), where I learned in depth about Mr. Ramos significance and importance when thinking about Garifuna activists. In essence, Mr. Ramos advocated for recognition for the Garifuna people in Belize. He believed in the integration of fellow Garinagu into Belize’s social fabric, which was NOT an easy process. The book mentions,

    “Integration of the Garinagu into Belize’s ethnic mosiac was not an easy process, however, as the Garinagu were feared as cannibals and were openly discriminated against by others in the community even by the Creoles who share with them a common African ancestry.” Adele Ramos writes in the book, “Thomas Vincent Ramos: The Man and His Writings” .

    Through his petitioning of the Belizean goverment and representing of Garinagu by his joining (or even founding of) and active participation in various organizations in Belize; Mr Thomas Vincent Ramos (along with other commited Belizean Garinagu) was able to achieve his goal over time. Hopefully Garinagu remember this as Garifuna Settlement Day (which is November 19th 2012 in Belize) approaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    Thanks for the knowledge. At least someone is celebrating November 19th, that's a fvcked up day for Trinidad.
    What happened in Trinidad on Nov. 19th?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K.K.S. View Post
    What happened in Trinidad on Nov. 19th?
    Needed a draw against the USA to qualify for the World Cup and lost 1-0. But, they say, the Stadium was oversold and many paying patrons couldn't get in and there were minor incidents of stampeding and trampling.
    The older heads still talk about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    Needed a draw against the USA to qualify for the World Cup and lost 1-0. But, they say, the Stadium was oversold and many paying patrons couldn't get in and there were minor incidents of stampeding and trampling.
    The older heads still talk about it.
    lol okay. I honestly don't ever see Belize qualifying for the World Cup...

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    i still remember Nov 19th.... that was a day i saw big men cry.. will never forget that yes..
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K.K.S. View Post
    Que bonita bandera
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    That's the first time I have ever seen someone with the surname 'Baptist'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K.K.S. View Post

    yuh hear of any events in the los angeles area around xmas thyme lemme kno....
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    i still dont overstand the garifuna, are they maroons? Are the claiming to be indians? I dont get it

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