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21 Dec 2023
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It's almost time for one of Hilton Head Island's signature events, the Gullah Celebration! As the 2024 celebration draws near, it's time to think about your plans for attending. The Beach Properties of Hilton Head team is here to help; we've created a guide on everything you need to know about the 2024 Gullah Celebration before the event. Whether this is your first time participating or your annual tradition, our guide has something for everyone.

Understanding Gullah Culture

The Gullah Celebration is an event honoring the culture of the Gullah Geechee people. The Gullah Geechee are descendants of Africans who were enslaved on plantations on the Atlantic coast. Over generations, they cultivated a distinct culture infused with deep African roots, evident in their arts, crafts, food, music, and a unique creole language—the only distinct African creole language in the U.S.  From Reconstruction to the Great Depression, the Gullah Geechee lived in isolated settlements, including on Hilton Head Island

The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration

Since 1996, Hilton Head Island has embraced Gullah culture with the annual Gullah Celebration. The celebration kicks off in February and includes a myriad of events throughout the month that raise awareness of Gullah history and culture. Many of these events are hands-on, allowing attendees to engage directly with the culture. 

An example of one of the events you can enjoy at the Gullah Celebration is Taste of Gullah. During this event, attendees get to sample delicious Gullah cuisine. Expect dishes rich in vegetables, fruits, rice, seafood, and meat—an enticing blend that reflects the Gullah Geechee culinary heritage.

Another highlight of the Gullah Celebration is the art exhibition. From paintings to handwoven baskets, there are a lot of beautiful items on display. Art workshops and demonstrations can allow you to get hands-on experience creating Gullah-inspired arts and crafts.

Music is a staple of the celebration, as well. You can expect numerous musical performances of Gullah music, which blends pieces of numerous genres such as gospel, rhythm and blues, soul, and jazz. 

Whether you're a foodie, art enthusiast, music lover, or simply want to learn more about the fascinating history and culture of the Gullah Geechee, you'll love the events of the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration. Come with an open mind and be prepared to be swept up in this joyous celebration.

Where to Stay for the Gullah Celebration

If you need a place to stay for the Gullah Celebration, consider booking your accommodations with Beach Properties of Hilton Head. With rental properties ranging from luxurious vacation homes to villas at the island's top resorts, our Hilton Head Island rentals offer something for everyone. Browse our inventory before reserving your stay online or by calling 800-671-5155.