The Garifuna Culture in Belize
What is Garifuna Settlement Day?
When is Garifuna Settlement Day?
What happens on Garifuna Settlement Day?
The yurumein is the reenactment of the arrival of theÂ GarifunaÂ people to Belize more than two hundred years ago. It is the highlight of the dayâ€™s activities â€“ and you must start the day early to be a part of this spectacular event. The entire community lines the beach in anticipation of the arrival of the “”first Garinagu to Belize.”” All dressed in traditional clothing and paddling to the shore in typical canoes, they are welcomed by drums, singing and dancing. The celebration continues with a long and captivating parade and lots of traditional food like hudut, darasa and cassava bread.
Garifuna food you must try in Belize:
- Hudut: a soup with the main ingredients being fish, plantains and coconut milk seasoned with local spices. It is served with mashed plantains.
- Cassava bread: the Garifuna name for Cassava is Ereba. It is a flat bread that is hard in texture and rich in starch.
- Tapou: a fish-based creamy soup with a variety of ingredients which includes cassava root, green and ripe plantains, lemon seasonings, ginger, basil and local spices.
- Darasa: Â green banana tamales that are a traditional Garifuna snack. Darasa is made by grating slightly green bananas and mixing with coconut milk, orange and lemon juice and seasonings. The mixture is then wrapped in a banana leaf and boiled in water until solid.
- Cassava Pudding: also known as plastic cake because of its rubbery texture, is a sweet-jelly dessert that includes grated cassava, coconut and evaporated milk, ginger, nutmeg, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs baked together.
- Sahou: usually served as a thick and warm drink. It is made from Cassava and contains coconut milk, nutmeg and cinnamon.
How to get to Hopkins, Dangriga, Seine Bight and Punta Gorda?
To get to Hopkins, Dangriga, Seine Bight and Punta Gorda, you can travel by public transportation (bus), shuttle transfers, personal or rental vehicle or by flight via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air.