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Festivals

Most of our public holidays in Guyana are religious ones. Since Christians , Hindus and Muslims are all part of the community and each group has its own customs and festivals, there is always a celebration to look forward to. Guyana being a society of six races we all join in celebrating with our neighbors in their festivals.

Holi Festival

Mashramani

Mashramani is a secular holiday which is celebrated to mark the successful results in the public and private sectors after months of hard work. Hence, Mashramani is different from Carnival in Trinidad, in that the real purpose of this occasion is to showcase the achievements of the various sectors of Guyanese society.

Diwali

Worship of the goddess Maha Lakshmi is the main focus of Diwali. ... The festival encourages the participation of the entire family and it has long been the custom in Guyanafor everyone in the home to gather in front of their Lakshmi murti at dusk chanting prayers and mantras before emerging to light their first diya.

Paghwa

Also called Holi in many countries, Paghwa is the festival of colours which takes place annually in March. Those who participate will typically wear white clothing then spray water and throw colored powder at each other. The celebration also includes eating a lot of sweet food such as sweet rice, pera (which is like soft fudge), polourie (a dough snack). 

Paghwa

Also called Holi in many countries, Paghwa is the festival of colours which takes place annually in March. Those who participate will typically wear white clothing then spray water and throw colored powder at each other. The celebration also includes eating a lot of sweet food such as sweet rice, pera (which is like soft fudge), polourie (a dough snack). 

Guyanese Independence Day

Guyana was ruled by the British until May 26th, 1966, when the country became independent. To celebrate this momentous day, Independence Day festivities are held annually and include a flag-raising ceremony, fireworks and a message from the president. Other events are also held including the two-day Guyana Food, Arts and Music festival held at the National Stadium.

These are only of few of the festivals Guyana has to offer. With an abundance of history and culture the party and weather seems to see no end.