Arrival Day, May 5, is taken very seriously in Guyana, politically, culturally and in the general life of the people. Since the majority of the population are historically immigrants, it is worth marking the way they have contributed to national, social, political, cultural, and economic development since arrival. It has been a history of conflict, with major repercussions in the contemporary society, but also one of nation building with a very strong theme of post-colonialism. The nation created by the indigenous people as well as those who came, is multiethnic and multicultural with infinite cross-cultural possibilities yet to be fulfilled.
For those reasons and for purposes of heritage, Guyana takes Arrival Day seriously, perhaps more so than its West Indian neighbours. The day is observed in Trinidad and Tobago. It was marked in 2017 with many …to continue reading this article, please subscribe. Already a subscriber ? Sign In