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Garifuna Settlement Day
While every major cultural group in Belize celebrates its own festivals and rituals, one of the most unifying is Garifuna Settlement Day–also a national holiday in Belize. Officially on November 19, the day celebrates the arrival of the Garinagu people to the shores of Belize in 1823, with a sunrise reenactment. Canoes are filled with cassava leaves and traditionally clothed residents steer their way to shore while those waiting along the banks cheer on. Head to Dangriga on the 18th evening, when vibrant celebrations begin in town. Locals and visitors from all over Belize and the world gather under the thatch roof sheds doubling as bars to dance and chant all night to Garifuna drums until sunrise. Once the canoes reach shore in the morning, the revelry continues in the streets of Dangriga all day long, with a traditional church service, followed by street parades and dancing.
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Dangriga, Belize