The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration Honors Local Roots

Each February, the Lowcountry hosts one of the most culturally significant affairs in the Southeast. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration aims to recognize the importance of Gullah Geechee history while sharing pieces of the culture with locals and visitors alike. As a visitor, you can attend storytelling and basket-weaving events, treat your tastebuds to delicious soul food, and experience art, music, and more! Read on to learn more about what this celebration has in store. Then, be sure to check out our free Insider’s Guide for more great suggestions to include in your Hilton Head itinerary. 

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What Is Gullah Geechee Culture? 

The Gullah Geechee people descend from Africa, and their unique culture developed as a result of being enslaved on island and coastal plantations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The overall influence of Gullah Geechee culture abounds throughout the region in everything from language, art, music, crafts, food, and spiritual expressions. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration seeks to honor all of these things in an attempt to educate and share these deep roots that exist in the Lowcountry. 

4 Reasons to Attend Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration’s Events

1. To Learn About the Cultural and Historical Significance 

You’ll find various events throughout the month of February that highlight important elements of Gullah culture and history in numerous ways. Take cooking classes, attend a storytelling event, or participate in a fireside chat with historians, authors, and artists. 

2. To Peruse Exciting Arts & Craft Exhibitions 

The month-long affair kicks off with an opening party, the Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale. This is the perfect place to admire and engage with original works by emerging and leading artists. Later in the month, the annual Gullah Market takes place and offers cultural demonstrations, authentic crafts and food, traditional storytelling, and music entertainment. 

3. To Experience Live Music 

Throughout the month, you can attend a variety of musical performances that range from demonstrations of traditional and contemporary Gullah songs, gospel choirs celebrating the African American musical experience, spiritual concerts featuring gospel quartets from the Lowcountry. You can expect to hear hymn singing, jubilee songs, and soul-soothing gospel. 

4. To Indulge in Cherished Family Recipes 

There is no better opportunity to truly experience the heart and soul of soul food in the South. The Taste of Gullah event boasts authentic dishes such as okra gumbo, conch stew, fried shrimp, barbecue, and more. You can even opt to take a cooking class led by local Gullah chefs and learn how to craft delicious Lowcountry dishes using locally sourced foods. 

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The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is a month-long affair that draws visitors to our beautiful slice of paradise each year. Make the most of your visit when you choose to stay in Beach Properties of Hilton Head vacation rental! Find luxury rentals best suited for your vacation needs and wants. Our homes and villas are privately-owned and unique in their own way. What are you waiting for? 

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