(2016) Garifuna Town of COROZAL, Honduras Begins Annual Bronx Celebrations of Its Patron Saint Throughout JANUARY 2016

 

Bronx, New York — ASUNCOR, The Home Town Association of the Garifuna Town of Corozal, Honduras, headed by Garifuna Man Milton Guity Sr; begins their Annual Garifuna Celebrations of the Patron Saint of Corozal, Honduras (Patron Saint Saint Esquipulas / Cristo Negro).

Copyright 2016 by Teofilo Colon Jr. (a.k.a. “Tio Teo”).  All Rights Reserved. Telephone: (646) 961-3674.

Done during the month of January 2016, a series of events are scheduled.  They include:

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Events by Garifuna Home Town Association of Corozal, Honduras as they celebrate the Patron Saint of that town in January.

Events by Garifuna Home Town Association of Corozal, Honduras as they celebrate the Patron Saint of that town in January.

Dance and Coronation Ceremony

SATURDAY, January 9th 2016

Music by HMP Sound and Planamu Sound.  This event will feature a special Live Performance by Lisa David.

Tickets are $25

Here is a BEING GARIFUNA Photo album from a 2012 Bronx Coronation Ceremony for the Garifuna town of Corozal.

2012 Corozal Coronation Ceremony (Bronx) — Part 1

2012 Corozal Coronation Ceremony (Bronx) — Part 2

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Keldy Colon addressing the audience at the 2012 Bronx Coronation Ceremony for Corozal, Honduras.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.  (646) 961-3674

Keldy Colon addressing the audience at the 2012 Bronx Coronation Ceremony for Corozal, Honduras. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674

Fedu

SATURDAY, January 16th 2016

This Fedu will feature a Live performance by Drummers from veteran Garifuna Musical Group, Libana Maraza.  Music will be provided by Planamu Sound.  Doors open at 9pm.  Admission is $20.

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Here is a BEING GARIFUNA Photo Album of the 2012 Fedu Bronx Celebration for Corozal, Honduras.  Click on the link to see the photos.

Garifuna Women at the 2012 Bronx Fedu Celebration honoring the Patron Saint of the Garifuna Town, Corozal, Honduras.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.  (646) 961-3674.

Garifuna Women at the 2012 Bronx Fedu Celebration honoring the Patron Saint of the Garifuna Town, Corozal, Honduras. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674. 

Events by Bronx  Garifuna Home Town Association of Corozal, Honduras ASUNCOR as they celebrate the Patron Saint of that town in January 2016.

Events by Bronx Garifuna Home Town Association of Corozal, Honduras ASUNCOR as they celebrate the Patron Saint of that town in January 2016.

Garifuna Mass

SUNDAY, January 17th 2016 at 2pm

Celebration of Patron Saint Esquipulas.

Casa Yurumein

874 Prospect Avenue

Bronx, NY

Grand Ballroom Dance

SATURDAY, January 23rd 2016

Music by DJ UGANU and a Surprise Artist.

All of the scheduled events (except for the Mass, Celebration at Casa Yurumein on SUNDAY, January 17th 2016) will take place at:

Social Gathering Palace Corp (a.k.a. Best Party Place)
3405 Third Avenue (between E. 166th Street and E. 167th Street),
Bronx, New York 10456

 

For more information, or to buy tickets, please call:

(646) 591-7095

(347) 353-5615

(718) 710-3110

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VIDEOS from the 2012 Bronx Fedu Celebration for Corozal, Honduras are included below:


According to Wikipedia, patron saints are,

“saints regarded in some Christian denominations  as a deity or spirit that acts as a protector and as a heavenly advocate of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, clan, family, or person. Patron saints, having already transcended to the metaphysical, are believed to be able to intercede effectively for the needs of their special charges. ” 1

As far as Garifuna people go, Patron Saints are a key aspect of the spiritual work done by Buyeis, (the closest analogy I can come up with are that Buyeis are Garifuna Shamans) in Garifuna villages. Saint Esquipula, (a.k.a. Cristo Negro “Black Christ”) is a hero of many miraculous stories in Garifuna villages.  In fact, in his Diasporic Conversions book, Paul Christopher Johnson wrote about how During Honduras’s Hurricane Fifi in 1974, Garifuna villagers in Corozal, Honduras remained in a church praying to Saint Esquipula and they were unharmed by the Hurricane.    2

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ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this cultural fusion of race and ethnicities on St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   3

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In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships. Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.


Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.  Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.  Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

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Garifuna Women at the 2012 Bronx Fedu Celebration honoring the Patron Saint of the Garifuna Town, Corozal, Honduras.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.  (646) 961-3674.

Garifuna Women at the 2012 Bronx Fedu Celebration honoring the Patron Saint of the Garifuna Town, Corozal, Honduras. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674.

Notes:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patron_saint
  2. Paul Christopher Johnson, “Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion and the Recovery of Africa” pages 110-111, Copyright 2007, University of California Press
  3. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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