On February 23rd, 1970, Guyana became a republic nation. Every year, to commemorate this historic moment, Guyanese celebrate Mashramani. This Indigenous word means ‘celebration after hard work’. Mashramani, commonly known as Mash, sees Guyanese and travellers coming together to take part in a festival filled with colourful activities including a day long parade along Vlissengen Road in Georgetown, musical performances, local street games and sampling a diverse range of local food from street vendors who line the avenues. Other towns such as New Amsterdam and Linden have their Mash celebrations a week later, making it easy for travellers to partake in the festivities. This is one of the best ways to experience Guyana’s cultural makeup and have some fun with friends, old and new.