For the love of Guyana

Tired of being alerted to all that was negative in Guyana on the worldwide web, a couple decided to fight the bad with the good and created a space specifically designed to showcase all that was positive in the Land of Many Waters, giving birth to the Visit Guyana Facebook page.

Favourite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… – “My Favourite Things” (1959) by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein – The Sound of Music Not everyone will agree with legendary musicians Rodgers and Hammerstein about their favourite things.

Wildlife

Waking up at 4 am to get to remote locations before sunrise might not be your idea of fun, but for local wildlife photographer, Kester Clarke, it’s a great way to spend his weekends.

Getting to Golden

For this edition of Lifestyle, in keeping with the celebrations of 50 years of independence—Guyana’s Golden Jubilee—our theme is ‘Golden’.

The Road to Independence

The independent state of Guyana was forged in the crucible of contention. It was in 1946 that Dr Cheddi Jagan and his wife Janet, along with Jocelyn Hubbard and Ashton Chase formed the Political Affairs Committee, and it was out of the PAC that the first mass-based nationalist party in what was then British Guiana emerged in 1950 – the People’s Progressive Party.

Five for Fifty

Few things seem capable of evoking such strong emotions in Guyanese as the West Indies cricket team.

A Guyanese Christmas

Every year, hundreds of Guyanese living in the Diaspora begin packing barrels and boxes to post ‘home’, some as early as June/July.

Nostalgia

Christmas time is here. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is difficult, if not impossible, to be immune to the sights and the sounds.

Pull-apart Garlic Butter-Butter Flaps

Adding little twists to all-time favourites helps to make the holidays special. Given that holiday meals are usually served family style, serving pull-apart breads makes the idea of breaking bread, together, at the table, memorable and fun.

Celebrating Diwali: then and now

Photos by Jannelle Williams Diwali – the Festival of Lights is celebrated by Hindus across the globe primarily with rows of lights that illuminate the world on what is considered to be the darkest night of the year.

Freedom

As we approach August 1 and the celebration of 177 years of the emancipation of slavery, this issue of Lifestyle has ‘freedom’ as its underlying theme.

The road to Emancipation

No one can be absolutely sure when the first enslaved Africans were brought to our shores, but we do know that when the first Dutch arrived in what was to become the Colony of Berbice in 1627, they brought six Africans with them.

‘Canje Pheasant’

‘Canje Pheasant’ – a sculpture by Brentnol Lewis, which was on display at the Museum of African Heritage as part of the exhibition ‘The Making of the Guyanese Nation’ held from June 26 to July 3 in collaboration with Guyana United Artists.