Are the traditions forgotten?
In the Caribbean there are several cultural forms and events that tend to associate themselves with the First of August. Others gravitate around Emancipation either because they celebrate it, they have their origins in Emancipation or its anniversary, or because they have themes which touch on liberation, African slavery or their vestiges.
In Guyana many of these and related activities tend to have a link with the Village Movement. Many of the post-Emancipation villages regard their African heritage with great pride and still have activities to celebrate liberation with a focus on the Eve of Emancipation on the night of July 31. These include such festivities as soirees in Litchfield or Hopetown, which today are simply street and village …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.