Christmas Season in Guyana

The only kind of snow in Guyana is in a cone with a sweet syrup poured on top. But that doesn’t stop the Guyanese from donning Santa hats and placing cut-out reindeer on their porches. It’s time to party! Ninety-five degree heat has nothing on the Guyanese desire for a festive Christmas season. Below is a sampling of what I saw last week in Guyana.

Welcome to Georgetown

No one can miss this giant tree on the road to Georgetown from the airport. I enjoyed the irony of fake evergreen trees in a country that is already green twelve months out of the year.

Roving music man. US$1 per pirated CD.

Roving music men sell a variety of Christmas CDs including tracks such as a calypso “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.” All CDs are pirated, of course.

Party on Main Street.

There will be a big lime (hangout/drinking party) on Main Street the day after Christmas. My cab driver told me it would be the biggest street party of the year.

Staying chilly on a hot roof.

Jesus was a carpenter, after all.

A Taliban Christmas cheer.

The festive Christmas atmosphere, drawn from the secular aspects of the holiday, spans across all religions in Guyana –Muslims and Hindus included. A Muslim woman, her head wrapped in a shawl, wished me a great Christmas when I bought her avocados at the market. The driver of the above car in Parika, who had detailed his car with the word Taliban, had also hung a “Merry Christmas” bow on his grill. In Guyana, even a follower of religious extremism does not want to be left out of the party. Now that’s the Christmas spirit.

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About OmnivorousTraveler

Darrin DuFord is a travel writer, mapgazer, and jungle rodent connoisseur. His writing has won numerous awards and has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, Gastronomica, Roads & Kingdoms, Narratively, and Perceptive Travel, among other publications. He is the author of Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns and Revelations in the Americas (released in July 2016) and Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, silver medalist in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.
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2 Responses to Christmas Season in Guyana

  1. Bud Quinlan says:

    The festive Christmas atmosphere, drawn from the secular aspects of the holiday, spans across all religions in Guyana –Muslims and Hindus included. A Muslim woman, her head wrapped in a shawl, wished me a great Christmas when I bought her avocados at the market. The driver of the above car in Parika, who had detailed his car with the word Taliban, had also hung a “Merry Christmas” bow on his grill. In Guyana, even a follower of religious extremism does not want to be left out of the party. Now that’s the Christmas spirit.

    Nothing to say or add, I just really liked this part and thought it bore repeating.

    Thanks, and very merry Christmas.

  2. candacy says:

    omg…i remeber when i use to go to main big lime…omg…i miss dat sooo much…..but i will soon be back….just cant wait

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