A Day of Reflection
By: Joseph R. Flores
November 19th, 2000 marks the 59th year since the Government
of Belize acknowledged the mass arrival of the Garifuna people to
the country in 1932. This was achieved through the persistent
efforts of Mr. Thomas Vincent Ramos,
along with his delegation of Mr.
who went all the way to the highest echelon of the government, in
quest of the legal authority to set aside a day on which their
people could celebrate this memorable occasion.
In the year 1941, when the day was
officially named Carib Settlement Day, no holiday was given.
In 1942 and 1943, only
the Southern districts of Stann Creek and Toledo were
It eventually became a National
holiday in 1977,. the only Race of People anywhere in world .
The 19th of November, or the Day of the
celebration, should be set aside by all Garinagu, wherever they may
be, as a day on which to remember their repatriation from the Island
of Saint Vincent to the shores of Central America. This
day of Reflection should galvanize the spirit and the fortitude that
brought us through all our trials and tribulations, to the present,
as a unique race of People.
The Garinagu throughout the world must; on this day, give
thanks to Our Almighty for watching over us from the beginning of
our existence as a People, to the end of time. Info.
Gleaned from: Garifuna-World.com Article
..Have a Happy Garifuna Settlement Day..
Joseph R. & Alethia R. Flores and Family
Eugene Jr. & Dorienne Bonilla,
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