During the Easter weekend, the skies are usually decorated with bright, colourful kites throughout Guyana. One of the most popular areas for kite flying is the Kingston seawall in Georgetown and #63 Beach in Berbice. Christian religious events usher in the festivities, followed by a number of other exciting events. Kite-flying competitions are held throughout the country. Many locals create unique kites vying for the title of largest, smallest and most creative kite. Incidentally, the Rupununi Rodeo and the Bartica Easter Regatta are slated for the same weekend. So, you’ll have your pick for an amazing Easter getaway.
Phagwah, also known as Holi, is a Hindu holiday dedicated to the festival of spring and celebrated among all Guyanese. The day is usually spent adorning friends and family with water and or dry and wet colours applied with powders. There’s plenty of music, dance and eating traditional Indian sweet treats like gulab jamoon, barfi, jalebi and mettai among others. Many organisations also host Phagwah melas with the largest one being held at the National Stadium at Providence. Singing, dancing and consuming sweet treats are all part of the fun and entertainment at these melas.
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.