The Rupununi Rodeo Easter weekend annually in Guyana sees the hosting of the Rupununi Rodeo at Lethem, the Guyana-Brazil border town in vacquero country where competition for vacquero supremacy runs high among the various ranches of the Rupununi region. Now a popular national event, the rodeo brings thousands by bus, SUVs, and even motorbikes thronging through the road corridor leading to Lethem, or by plane. From savannah country to jungle, the trip to the border community also promises to be a scenic treat. The Rupununi Rodeo held each year over the Easter weekend in Guyana continues to generate regional and international acclaim, and is the most popular inland sporting festival in the country. The fun kicks off on the Saturday before Easter and continues until Easter Monday, with daytime activities like wild bull riding, horse racing, wild cow milking, wild horse riding, a female barrel race, and steer roping, among other exhilarating events. In recent times a Miss Rupununi Rodeo Beauty Pageant has been added featuring beauties from the Region and neigbouring Brazil. In an effort to harness the potential of this event, the Ministry of Tourism and the Guyana Tourism Authority have collaborated with several tour operators who offer […]
Mashramani Mashramani is a modern- day version of an original word that connotes “a community celebration after successful co-operative work”. Mashramani Festival is Guyana’s varied annual country-wide celebration in observance of its Republican anniversary; its actual day of celebration is February 23. Its beginnings The festival had its beginning in the Bauxite Mining town of Linden. This Upper Demerara River community, in 1970, was always proud of its new name LIN-DEN, since it was named for the Prime Minister, Mr. Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, and the community’s favourite national leader. They also searched for unique ways to welcome and celebrate Re-publican Status on February 23, 1970. Members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Linden JAYCEES, were engaged in brainstorming proposals and the group embraced the Mashramani Concept as explained by Allan Feidtkou who was of Amerindian descent. The creative energies gave birth to a name that would be meaningful, cultural, and artistic as it captures the festival of events. Mashramani was born, and then quickly “nationalized” by officialdom. This national festival soon promoted the country’s cultures, history, traditions and art forms. It still endures, retaining pride of place on the country’s annual calendar of national events. It’s MASH !!!!!! The National […]
Holi or Phagwah as it is commonly called is an annual Hindu Festival of Colours celebrating the arrival of Spring. This Festival was brought to Guyana by our East Indian foreparents who first came to Guyana some 176 years ago. Holi is said to be the most joyous and colourful of festivals and today has become a part of our national psyche and is celebrated by all Guyanese.
The Pakaraima Mountain Safari “An Adventure of a Lifetime” The Pakaraima Mountain Safari (PMS), the Adventure of a Lifetime, entails traveling via 4 X 4 vehicles across Guyana’s Administrative Regions 4,8,9 and 10, starting below sea level and reaching approximately 3,800 ft above sea level. The journey takes approximately 4-5 days through unfriendly terrain, covering over 600 miles, passing more than 25 Amerindian Villages before reaching its destination, Orinduik Falls on the Guyana / Brazil border. The PMS offers some of the most beautiful geological features to be experienced in the Guianas. This frontier is blessed with a wide range of flora and fauna and the rich history of our indigenous people are evident throughout the regions. 2014 marked 12 consecutive years for the hosting of the annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari with plans to largely increase the participation of locals and in a significant way promote Amerindian Villages and Community Based Tourism. The event which is dubbed ‘An Adventure of a Lifetime’ will take participants on eight days of thrilling adventures across Guyana’s rugged and mountainous hinterland in a convoy of 4WD Vehicles inclusive of Motorbikes and ATVs and will see participation from Jamaica, Trinidad, Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela. The […]
Commences with the church services on Good Friday across the country followed by family oriented entertainment such as Kite flying in the Parks across the city and along the Sea Wall, the Bartica River Regatta and the Rupununi Rodeo. Locals and visitors alike converge on these locals for a weekend of fun in the sun!
Bartica Easter Regatta
Bartica Regatta During the Easter weekend every year, Bartica a town at the confluence of the Mazaruni, Cuyuni and Essequibo Rivers hosts the Bartica Regatta, with a growing variety of entertaining holiday activities including water sports (featuring mostly speed boats), cricket, boxing, soccer, talent shows, a street parade and party, and a Miss Bartica Regatta Pageant. The Regatta attracts people from all parts of Guyana, and even from other countries. The Annual Bartica Regatta activities are coordinated by the Regatta Committee collaborating closely with the popular DC Promotions. Watersports activities and specifically Power Boat Racing are the main attractions and these are held at the Golden Beach area where the many visitors are thrilled by the Power Boat Racers where competition is fierce and the fans root for their favourite boats and drivers. Over the years the event has grown in popularity with thousands of visitors coming to the Bartica. What used to be only simple boat racing in times past, now features activities that encompass a series of events that cater for every segment of society. The Regatta Committee’s collaboration with DC Promotions has made it possible for the public to enjoy a range of quality events resulting in […]
Indian Arrival Day
Indian Arrival Day With the abolition of Slavery plantation owners in the British West Indies were desperate to find a new source of labour for their sugar estates. Emancipation had conferred on the Guianese labourers both physical and occupational mobility. They could withhold their labour temporarily or permanently and vacate the estates if living and working conditions did not satisfy them. In fact, a gradual exodus from the plantations began soon after emancipation. What the planters desired was an alternative and competitive labour force which would give them the same type of labour control they were accustomed to under slavery. On May 5th 1838, the very year of final slave emancipation (Abolition of Slavery) in the British West Indies, a small batch of 396 Indian immigrants popularly known as the ‘Gladstone Coolies’ landed at Highbury, Berbice in British Guiana (Guyana) from Calcutta, India aboard the Whitby and Hesperus . This was the beginning of the indenture system which was abolised in 1917, by which time a total of some 240,000 indentured servants from India came to Guyana under a system whose essential features were very reminiscent of slavery. Most of the immigrants spoke a dialect of Hindi and came from […]
Like all the other English speaking countries in the Caribbean Guyana celebrates the Anniversary of freedom from slavery on Emancipation Day, the first of August, each year.
Diwali (Festival of Lights)
Diwali, which literally means a row of lights, is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik. It is the darkest night of that month and is conducive to the twinkling lights that illuminate every nook and cranny.
Christmas in Guyana
A Guyanese Christmas “There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” By: Godfrey Chin Perry Como’s “There’s no Place like Home, in Guyana, for the Holidays” is a truism I endorse and can attest to, having had the privilege of spending the last three Christmases in Guyana, with a bonus of my three sons joining me each year for wonderful, delightful and memorable holidays. Fabulous fetes, arm pulling hospitality, invitations like bush every night, gourmet indigenous Guyanese cuisine and lavish drinks where one must learn quickly to sip slowly, as the local friends and relatives refill your drinks instantly and constantly. Not to negate the celebrations of the overseas Guyaspora in their snow-bound castles, keeping homesick traditions of the Pepperpot, Garlic Pork, Ginger Beer, Black Cake and nuff presents under a Rockefeller size Christmas Tree. “Ya still can’t beat Guyanese to show-off on their fellow mudlanders”. But there is something special about the Guyanese Christmas spirit back home that stamps it as ‘renowned and memorable’. It is the genuine sincere hospitality, where rich and poor observe the old traditions of Christmas, putting their best foot forward, keeping the house spic and span, wearing the latest fashion, sharing every bit they […]