Thomas Vincent Ramos and Garifuna Settlement Day


Each year the month of November is filled with activities in celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th. The day commemorates the arrival of the largest group of Garifuna to Belize’s shores in 1823 with a celebration known as Yurumein. The celebration is one of the largest in Belize bringing together Garinagu from across the country and neighboring communities as well as local and international visitors. How did this national celebration and holiday begin? It started with the efforts of Thomas Vincent Ramos, popularly called T.V. Ramos.

Forest Home Village, Toledo, is declared a Historic Community

On Thursday, 8th October, 2020, the National Institute of Culture and History in partnership with the Forest Home Village Council officially recognized Forest Home Village as a Historic Community.  A 4ft x 8ft sign highlighting Forest Home’s historical and cultural heritage was installed near the entrance of the village along…

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Network Meeting 2019

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On September 26, 2019 a follow up meeting was held for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Network.  The purpose of the meeting was to revise and adopt the ‘Maya Center Declaration for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Belize’.  This was elaborated based on the collaborative work session that was held…

With Food, Heritage Begins at Home

Belize Heritage at Home Series No. 4 Written by: Linette Sabido Food has always been central to our way of life, not only for its nutritional value but because of the significance it has in culture.   Food carries our history and traditions, and  illustrates our way of life.  One can…