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Join Us In November To Celebrate The Rich Cultural Heritage Of The Garifuna People

Garifuna Settlement Day, one of Belize’s biggest annual celebrations, will be off to an amazing start with special offers at Coco Plum Island Resort.

Garifuna Settlement Day is a Belizean national holiday held on November 19th of each year. This day marks and celebrates the arrival of the Garifuna to Belize in the early 1800’s after being exiled from neighboring Caribbean islands. Regarded as a mixture of African slaves and Arawak Indians, the Garinagu people make up a large portion of Belize’s population, offering a uniquely rich culture that helps make Belize what is it today.

Like any major celebration in Belize, one day is not enough! The festivities begin as early as November 1st of each year. The streets are filled with yellow, black, and white decorations, commemorating the Garifuna flag. Delicious smells of Garifuna dishes such as cassava, seafood sere, and hudut permeate the air. Drumming is heard in all corners, each with its own small crowd gathered to show off dancing skills. At Coco Plum Island Resort, the celebration is no different!

Last year Coco Plum Island Resort and our sister resort, Belizean Dreams, joined forces to sponsor a float in the Dangriga Town Parade. This year, we will take our guests to watch the parade on November 19th, 2017. Our Belize private island is located only eight miles off the coast of Dangriga. Watch clips from the parade below.

November Cultural Special

Through the month of November, our guests are invited to join an exceptional celebration of the Garifuna culture as part of the annual Garifuna Settlement Month. Sample our hospitable culture complete with local cooking lessons by Ms. Jude as well as live drumming and dancing at no extra cost for each Monday during the month of November 2017 only at Coco Plum Island Resort. Use your #FREENIGHT special offer and join us during the month of November!

Ms. Jude cooking a traditional Garifuna meal, Hudut at Coco Plum Island Resort

Traditional Garifuna Hudut at Coco Plum Island Resort

Garifuna dancing and drumming at Coco Plum Island Resort

Special Offer

Visit Coco Plum Island Resort and allow us to offer you a complimentary night on us. Book 6 or more nights and get 1 night free when you stay with us between October 1st, 2017 through December 21st, 2017! Spend an extra day lounging on the beach, snorkeling along the largest living barrier reef in the world, and enjoying our magnificent island views. Use code #FREENIGHT and join us for the month of November as we celebrate Garifuna Settlement Month!*

*Certain restrictions apply. Valid for stays during October 1st, 2017 through December 21st, 2017. Blackout dates include: November 18th through November 25th, 2017. Valid for new reservations only. Cannot be used with any other special offer. Must mention this special offer at time of booking. When booking online, in the comment section please insert the Free Night discount code. Kindly note: once we receive your booking we will adjust your final balance to reflect the applicable discount and thereafter send your revised confirmation email. Your booking will come directly to our reservation desk.

Warm Regards,

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Celebrating Christmas in Belize

Season’s Greetings from Belize …

The holiday season in Belize means warm weather with a few “cold fronts” – temperatures ranging between a cool 70 – 80 degrees, delicious Christmas dinner complete with black fruitcake and rum popo, and time well spent with family & friends. With its diverse cultures and ethnic groups, Belize has a wide variety of Christmas celebrations.

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Christmas in the Culture Capital – Photo By: Phyllis Cayetano

In the Southern part of Belize, specifically in Dangriga Town, locals gather around the streets to witness the Jankunu or “John Canoe” dancing accompanied with Garifuna drumming. This colorful masquerade dance is actually a warrior dance where the dancers (all male) are outfitted in pink masks & head wraps, white clothing, and shells that are placed below the knee that shake with each movement. The Jankunu dance is a historical representation of the Garifuna resistance to British slavery.

Jankunu dancing in Belize

Photo By: Island Expeditions

Traditionally, the Jankunu dancers and drummers travel from house to house throughout Dangriga where the crowds gather around them forming a circle. Because all the dancers are masked and wearing costumes, their identity is unknown – leaving the onlookers to focus solely on the stylistic and upbeat dance itself. Unlike most dancing, where the dancers follow along to the music, Jankunu is unique in that the Garifuna drummers watch the dancers and anticipate their next move. The drummers must keep in rhythm with the dancers rather than the other way around.

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Today, Dangriga is home to the annual Jankunu Festival hosted at the Ecumenical High School where senior Jankunu groups compete against each other. Each group practices the routine days before hand and always gives a memorable performance. All Belizeans look forward to the festive activities the Christmas season brings!

Where to Stay: 

Our Belize private island is located only eight miles off the coast of Dangriga, the “Culture Capital” of Belize! To ensure that you are able to spend an authentic Belize vacation with us, our all inclusive packages include everything from breathtaking oceanfront cabanas, amazing food & drinks, and jungle / marine adventure tours … And now, for a limited time only, you get even more!! Book with us today and take advantage of our extended Winter Season Special. Email or call for details! 

On behalf of the owners, management, and staff of Coco Plum Island Resort, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

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Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

Call or Email our Reservations office today!

1-800-763-7360

contact@cocoplumcay.com

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