|The night before Settlement Day there is always a big concert with many bands that ends around 6 am the next day, and we |
actually managed to stay up all night for it.
|When the concert ends around sunrise, everyone heads to the beach.|
|Our friend Marcia hung with us all night and the next morning.|
|Around 8 am or so the Yurumein (reenactment of the Garinagu people landing in Belize) begins. Of course, now they use |
skiffs and other motorized boats instead of the traditional dory boats (wooden canoes).
|Our friend and her young daughter are wearing traditional Garifuna dress.|
|There is a lot of drumming and singing, then a procession leads into the nearby Catholic Church.|
There is a very informative Wikipedia article about the Garifuna culture and history. (We've been taught that Garifuna refers to the culture and the language, while Garinagu refers to the people themselves.)