The Guyanese love a good celebration! The best of parades, parties and processions brings alive the country’s ethnic diversity at its many festivals. Plan your trip around one and you will not be disappointed.
Known as ‘Mash’ to the locals, the festival is celebrated to commemorate Guyana becoming a Republic nation on 23rd February, 1970. Though the word ‘Mashramani’ is Indigenous meaning ‘celebration after hard work’, all ethnic groups of the country come together to dedicate the day to parades, musical performances, local games and food. Calypso and chutney music competitions are a major draw. Festivities don’t wrap up until the wee hours of the morning – few can match the Guyanese enthusiasm for partying. We challenge you to give it a try!
The Easter weekend stomps into action with hooves and cowboy hats during the annual Rupununi Rodeo in Lethem. This is one of the biggest festivals of the country, with people travelling from far and wide to see vaqueros from different ranches compete and perform their incredible acts. Apart from the classic events of bareback bronco riding and saddle riding, there’s tie down roping, bull riding and barrel racing to cheer on. Traditional rodeo action meets high-octane entertainment in an all-night music and dance extravaganza! Stay a few extra days and explore for the full Rupununi experience.
Bartica Easter Regatta
What’s not to love about a Sunday that involves powerboat racing, a beauty pageant, and international musicians lighting up the stage? The Essequibo River along Bartica transforms from a serene sprawl of water to a highway with zipping boats during the annual regatta. It’s not only the love for yachts and speedboats that brings people to the festival. The fun and excitement also involves great food and drinks, a kids’ fair and a Gospel Fest.
Georgetown’s easygoing vibe is put to good use for whole ten days in May when the annual Guyana Carnival comes to town. It’s a glitzy affair of costumed-up parades, DJs, concerts, celebrity-spotting, pool parties and boat rides. Tasty local beer flows generously. Anything less than glam won’t work, and no costume is too over the top! Make sure you mingle to make the most of this one-of-a-kind party in town.
What’s the largest catch of the Rockstone Festival? Veteran anglers of Guyana will amaze you with their fishing skills. There’s something for everyone at the annual festival at Rockstone. The watermelon eating competition usually gets the loudest cheers. Trampolines, kids’ games and food stalls make it a great family affair. The nights are filled with music and parties to close the day.