Who are the Garifuna People of Belize?

It’s November 19! In dories and boats, the Garinagu bring coconut, plantain, cassava, and the drums of their ancestors to Dangriga’s shores, as the crowds—Belizeans and visitors alike—cheer and celebrate in the streets. This is Yurumein: the reenactment of the Garifuna journey to Belize. It is Garifuna Settlement Day, a…

Celebrating Heritage and Identity in Flowers Bank Village

Each year the quiet village of Flowers Bank comes alive with a celebration of Kriol culture and Belizean history at the Flowers Bank Village Festival. The village is located three miles off the Burrell Boom Road after Burrell Boom Village. Since 2009, the Flowers Bank Village Festival has been hosted…

Thomas Vincent Ramos and Garifuna Settlement Day


Each year the month of November is filled with activities in celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th. The day commemorates the arrival of the largest group of Garifuna to Belize’s shores in 1823 with a celebration known as Yurumein. The celebration is one of the largest in Belize bringing together Garinagu from across the country and neighboring communities as well as local and international visitors. How did this national celebration and holiday begin? It started with the efforts of Thomas Vincent Ramos, popularly called T.V. Ramos.

Forest Home Village, Toledo, is declared a Historic Community

On Thursday, 8th October, 2020, the National Institute of Culture and History in partnership with the Forest Home Village Council officially recognized Forest Home Village as a Historic Community.  A 4ft x 8ft sign highlighting Forest Home’s historical and cultural heritage was installed near the entrance of the village along…

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Network Meeting 2019

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On September 26, 2019 a follow up meeting was held for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Network.  The purpose of the meeting was to revise and adopt the ‘Maya Center Declaration for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Belize’.  This was elaborated based on the collaborative work session that was held…