In fact, there are many cultural heroes. Take Thomas Vincent Ramos as the best example. He was responsible for petitioning the British Governor of the colony (now Belize) in 1940 for the establishment of a Public and Bank Holiday. The holiday was in observance of the Garifuna arrival to Belize on November 19th. Thus, Garifuna Settlement Day was born!

All Roads lead to Punta Gorda

This holiday the party is “down South”!The Battle of the Drums is a yearly festival and cultural initiative. In 2006 it was launched as an effort to revive and promote the Garifuna culture. Head down to Punta Gorda Town to be a part of the drumming, singing and dancing of this event. In the competition, groups display their skills in the many styles of Garifuna drumming. The Battle of the Drums Competition and Show is held every year on the Saturday before Garifuna Settlement Day. As it is also a cultural initiative and fundraiser, the proceeds for the show go to the Garifuna Language program, the Garifiuna Community Support Program and the Garifuna Drumming, Singing & Dance Program.

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