Some remarkably interesting facts about Guyana

As a quick starter and intro into the multi-cultural mix that is Guyana – that country in South America you don’t know much about – here are some remarkable facts:

Only English-speaking nation in South America

Guyana is an indigenous word meaning “land of many waters”. We are the only nation in South America in which English is the official language.  This land of six races enjoys a rich and diverse culture. Most people join in celebrating  each other’s festivals.

Mashramani: how to celebrate after hard work

Mashramani, an indigenous word  meaning, “celebration after hard work”, is an annual festival that is celebrated every year on 23 February. It is a time when all Guyanese gear up for what is likely the most biggest celebration.  A time that is truly a reflection of our motto “One people, One nation, One destiny”. The people come from various parts of the country to witness this colourful and spectacular event. Lots of food and drinks are also a part of this festivity.

Mashramani Parade


Phagwah! This Hindu Festival is celebrated in the month of March.  A trip through the streets in the city and you will see Guyanese of all ethnicities celebrating this festival. People visit their family and friends to throw colours on each other then partake of delicious Indian delicacies.


The Impressive Kaieteur Waterfalls

It is said that Kaieteur Falls is named in honour of the Amerindian (indigenous) Chief Kai, of the Patamona tribe. In order to save his tribe from vicious plundering Caribs  (an indigenous tribe) he committed self-sacrifice by canoeing over the falls in order that Makonaima the Great Spirit would be pacified. Kaieteur Falls, situated on the Potaro River in Kaieteur National Park and standing 741ft in height, is Guyana’s hidden gem. It is about five times higher than the famous Niagara Falls and about two times the height of Victoria Falls.


Stabroek Market

Stabroek Market is a prominent landmark that dates back to the 1700s, although the current structure was built in 1880. It is one of the busiest places in the city, full of people, taxis and minibuses. This is one of the markets where you can always get fresh vegetables and fruits.


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Continent: South America
Capital: Georgetown
Population: 748,500
Area: 214,970 km2
Currency: Dollar
Languages: English

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