A Guyanese Christmas – Part 2
Everyone’s favourite time of the year – toys, children, Christmas trees, tinsels, gifts, friends, family, magic is in the air.
We all know that Christmas is a time for sharing and giving – a time to remember those who are less fortunate – a time when families come together – a time to celebrate with joy and laughter .
The ultimate celebration of the year. Christmas in Guyana is a time when nostalgic adults recall what it was to have the innocence of childhood. Christmas is celebrated in Guyana regardless of religious beliefs.
Lets look at some of those exquisite and hearty meals food that are a MUST have at Christmas time.
The famous Pepperpot is an indigenous dish which is popular in Guyana. It is traditionally served at Christmas time. Its is a stewed meat (beef, Mutton, Pork), flavoured with cinnamon and other spices, hot pepper. Pepperpot is normally served with Bread.
Cake is a dessert known around the world. Like Pepperpot, you can have Christmas in Guyana with black cake and fruit cake. These are made so fruits soaked in rum all year round. The Longer it is cure, the better results you will have.
Then there is Garlic Pork (pickled pork), also an enticing dish served up on Christmas morning. Made of hot peppers, garlic, thyme, vinegar and spices – cured for 5 day to one week. Then it is pan-fried.
Nothing like a glass of ginger beer. Some may love it, some may hate it. I have a love/hate relationship for this beverage. The grated ginger is soaked with spices in water – fermented for a few days, then strained and served.
The day after Christmas day (boxing day) and is reserved for visiting friends and family and even parties. Many people gather their best drinks and food to have a blast. Many people would engage in excessive and partying but I guess it is justified in the “spirit of the season”. Its a day that everyone would like to last forever.
Old years night and new year celebration everyone look forward to. The songs, treats, dancing, yet another partying to bidding the year goodbye.
In the mean, as we reflect on the holidays, we must keep in mind that Christmas is not just a holiday, but may be a significant time for some people. It is a chance to give that will express love and care to others With these thoughts in mind I would like to give you what I believe are the best wishes for the holidays. Merry Christmas!! And may you live a long life fill with goodwill and friendships and endless travels.