Garifuna Settlement Day
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Garifuna Settlement Day is a public holiday in Belize, celebrated each year on November 19.[a] The holiday was created by Belizean civil rights activist, Thomas Vincent Ramos, in 1941. It was recognized as a public holiday in the southern districts of Belize in 1943, and declared a national holiday in 1977. The holiday celebrates the settlement of the Garifuna people in Belize after being exiled from the Grenadines by the British army. The major festivities for the holiday occur in the town of Dangriga, including parades, street music, and traditional dancing.
- Chapter 289 of the laws of Belize states that if the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed as the bank and public holiday.
- Avila, Tomas Alberto; Jose Francisco Avila (2008). Garifuna World. Milenio Associates. pp. 362, 423, 426. ISBN 1928810020.
- "Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrated". San Pedro Sun. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Greenspan, Eliot (2011). Frommer's Belize (4th ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley Publishing. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0470887702.