Mashramani

Guyana Holidays and Festivals

Over the centuries with the discovery of Guyana, the colonial powers imported labour originally from Africa then India, China and Madeira (Portugal) for the cultivation of sugar as the local indigenous people were not suited for this type of work.… Continue reading

Mashramani 2011

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.… Continue reading

Places and times Mashramani 2011 Activities

Activity Date Location Chutney Rehearsals January 18th, 18:00hr Band Room Junior Calypso competition January 29th. 19:00hr Linden Community Centre Road March Competition January 29th Closing Date for registration Band Concert February 5th Georgetown Seawall Band Stands “Bright-Up” – Guyana Competition… Continue reading

Guyana Facts

Official Name
The Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Georgetown is the capital city.

National Symbols
Coat of ArmsNational Flag

 

Population

Approximately 751,223 (Census 2002) of which 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of the three major rivers. The ethnic composition of the population is as follows:

  • East Indian 43.5%
  • Black (African) 30.2%
  • Mixed 16.7%
  • Amerindian 9.1%
  • Other 0.5%

Location

North East of South America between 1o & 9o North Latitude and 57o & 61o West Longitude, bordering Venezuela to the West, Brazil to the South, Suriname to the East.

Language

The official language is English. Often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.

Government

Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a “Cooperative Republic in 1970, when a non executive President replaced the Governor-General. A new constitution in 1980 gave the President wide executive powers. The Cabinet is headed by the President, and there is a 65-member National Assembly elected by proportional representation.

President: Bharat Jagdeo
Prime Minister: Samuel Hinds

Other information

Currency: Guyana Dollar
Time Zone: GMT – 04:00
Area: 214,970 km2 or 83,000 sq mi
Country Code: 592
We drive on the left side of the road.

More information about Guyana | World Cities: Georgetown

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