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New Year’s Celebrations in Guyana

New Year’s Celebration in Guyana is pretty much the same as most other countries around the world. People have family gatherings, parties, fireworks, and other social activities. Romantic couples often try to spend the last few hours of the old year together in order to “break the new year” together. Guyanese, like other people around the world, place great emphasis on the start of the New Year. They see it as a new chapter in life, and hope that it will bring them good or better fortune.

Gymkhana, a Uniquely Guyanese Tradition

Gymkhana has different significance to different countries. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Gymkhana as “a meet featuring different sports contests or athletic skills,” and added that the word originated in 19th century India. If you google the term “gymkhana,” you might realize that this sport culture is not spread out across the world. It is unique to a few countries. In Guyana, the idea has morphed into something even more unique.

Diwali – the Festival of Lights

Diwali, also called Deepavali, is one of the biggest and most auspicious festivals celebrated by Hindus in Guyana and around the world. The five-day long festival starts with Dhanteras and culminates with Bhai Dooj. Diwali marks the start of the Hindu New Year. The date of Diwali, which is determined by the position of the moon, changes each year, but usually falls somewhere between October and November.

Phagwah Celebrations in Guyana (Holi)

In Guyana, South America, Phagwah is known as the festival of colors. Although of East Indian and Hindu origin, the celebration of Phagwah in Guyana is a national holiday which is celebrated by Guyanese of all races, classes, and religions. During the morning, buckets of water are used to drench one another, while in the afternoon, colored powders are dabbed and sprinkled on friends, and colored water is sprayed using a “water gun.”

Mashramani 2019 in Georgetown

Mashramani is an annual event which takes place in Guyana. It is similar to the Trinidadian and Brazilian “carnival.” The word Mashramani is an indigenous word which means “celebration after hard work.” In 2019, Guyana is celebrating its 49th Anniversary as a Cooperative Republic, and Mashramani events are part of the mix. Happy Republic Day to one and all. – Feb 23rd 2019. Have fun with these beautiful photos.

What Christmas Means to Guyanese

In some countries, Christmas has a predominantly religious significance. Those are countries which have a predominantly Christian population. In other countries, Christmas has only a cultural significance – a time to make merry and spread goodwill in solidarity with Christians around the world. And in some countries, it is a mix of both religious and cultural significance. Guyana is one such country where Christmas is celebrated by the entire population for either cultural or religious reasons.

Lethem’s First Ever Town Week – October, 2017

On 15th of October, 2017, the town of Lethem celebrated its first even town week. A LOT of work went into preparations for this much anticipated and celebrated event. The Mayor and Town Council, backed by the Government, various Lethem Businessmen as well as community members poured a lot of time, money, and energy into upgrading the newly declared town of Lethem for this landmark event: the first ever Annual Lethem Town Week Celebrations.