April 12th Garifuna Celebration, Punta Gorda, Roatan

This is an annual festival which celebrates the arrival of the first Garifuna people to Central America and in particular to Punta Gorda, Roatan, Honduras.

During the event there are theatrical performances that represent the arrival of the first group of Garifuna from Yurime, a region in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent where the First Garifuna people came from, dating all the way back to 1797. Performances dramatize the reception of the Garifunas by the native Islanders and their arrival to Punta Gorda with a march that takes place by foot and by boat all along the bay symbolizing their new found freedom as they escaped years of slavery under British and Spanish rule.

At this event you will see Garifuna culture at its best! Traditional songs as well as religious services in the Garifuna language, in addition to dance, drums, and the typical dress with black, white and yellow colors, are accompanied by Garifuna food such as the machuca (mashed plantain or plantain soup), the traditional coconut bread, guifity (a local alcoholic brew), local beer, and much, much more.

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Location

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Latitude: 16.416268 Longitude: -86.361803 Elevation: 36 ft

Event Dates

4/12/2016 – 4/12/2016

Admission Fee (if any)

Entrance to the event is free.

Not covered are meals and transportation costs to Punta Gorda.

Ages Event is Appropriate for

All ages.

Comments

Sounds cool

Zeebruh, 1/15/2017

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