Gullah people have long resided on Hilton Head, and the annual Gullah Celebration, ranked in the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, celebrates their West African Heritage. Held throughout the month of February, this festival hosts a variety of events from arts to food to fitness.
The Art Reception and Kick Off is Feb. 1 with a preview of original work of leading Gullah artists from the Lowcountry. Awards for 2012 Best in Show artist will be presented. The following day, Feb. 2, is the Taste of Gullah Gullah, featuring authentic Gullah dishes like “Geechee” conch stew and “original island” gumbo. A Gullah storyteller will provide entertainment.
Fitness fans will enjoy the Fish Haul Creek 5K Feb. 9 through historic Mitchellville past the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also a half-kilometer run for kids. A gospel show will take place Feb. 22 at Hilton Head Island Middle School, showcasing traditional songs and interpretive dance from the Gullah Celebration Combined Youth Choir and the Community All Stars.
Other events include a Marsh Tacky Exhibition, Gullah Breakfast, Lowcountry Boil and Youth Event. For complete details and tickets for all the events, visit www.GullahCelebration.com.
Gullahs are descendants of slaves largely from regions in West Africa who live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The Gullah vernacular is a Creole language, defined as a combination of European language and a main language in parts of the southern US and Caribbean.
To get you in the Gullah spirit, we wanted to share with you a few Gullah “words” and what they mean:
Goma – Drum
Dada – Elderly Woman
Jiga – Insect
Gambo – Okra (where “gumbo” gets its name, of which a main ingredient is okra)
Are you ready to experience Gullah?! Then come visit Hilton Head this February. We’re happy to find you the perfect Hilton Head luxury vacation home for your stay! Visit www.sunsetrentals.com to browse our available homes.