Emancipation Day

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Emancipation Day

***** Location: Guyana
***** Season: Dry Season
***** Category: Observance


1st August in Guyana is celebrated every year as Emancipation Day for the African slaves in 1838. There are cultural events everywhere. Traditional african ceremonies, games , cuisine, dance and drumming all on display.

kenneth daniels (GY)


Emancipation Day is celebrated in various locations throughout the Americas on various dates in observation of the emancipation of slaves of African origin. It is also observed in other areas in regard to the abolition of serfdom or other forms of servitude.

Freedom Day as it was earlier called.
Out of the abolition came the villages, the struggle of the trade union movement, the opening of the hinterland through the pork knockers, and the evolution of the Civil Service and artesian shops. Emancipation initiated indentured labor, the system that brought Portuguese, Chinese, and East Indians to Guyana
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Things found on the way

konki is a small cake made of pumpkin and cornmeal boiled in a banana leaf tied around it with a thin strap of the same leaf.

Metem-gi is provisions boiled in coconut milk.

Fu-fu is boiled green plantains mashed in a mortar ( a wooden block with a wide hole on one side ) and a pestle (a heavy stick used for beating the plantain in the hole).

Mauby is a traditional african drink showcased at this time.

It is made with sugar and the bark and/or fruit of certain species in the Colubrina genus including Colubrina elliptica (also called behuco indio) and Colubrina arborescens, a small tree native to the northern Caribbean and south Florida.

kenneth daniels (GY)


Due to the climatic characteristics and geographical position, the most common plantations of Guyana are rice and sugar cane. Rice is also the staple of the Guyanese cuisine and it is eaten every day, combined with beans or meat and the poultry is among the most frequent dishes.

Basically, Guyanese people have 3 meals per day and the breakfast includes a traditional bread (which is home made) and animal products, like cheese, milk, eggs or butter. The dinner is a complex meal, which sometimes includes meat, assorted with rice as roti, cassava, bread or yams. Fish is also a common dish and it is mainly served at dinner in a curried style, as Guyanese food is sometimes spicy (curry and hot pepper are frequently used).

cassava juice

Mauby (also known as mavi in Puerto Rico, and mabi in Haiti and the Dominican Republic)

Festival Food
Due to the fact that there are more distinctive religions in Guyana, there are some dishes which are excluded on religious bases: the Muslims do not eat pork and the Hindus don’t eat beef. The ethnic diversity also lead to a number of festivals and celebrations during the year, like: Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Azah, Youman Nabi, Phagwag, Deepavali, Easter, Christmas or Masharamani. The Masharamani festival is in fact a carnival whose name means “a job well done” and it takes place in February, for the days of the Republic. The most important dishes that are consumed on these occasions are the metagge, curry and roti, garlic Pork, dhol-puri and chow mein.

Reference : Guyanese Cuisine


emancipation day -
konki, metem-gi, fu-fu
african drums too

© kenneth daniels (GY)
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1 comment:

Gillena Cox said...

head wraps wide enough
for two heads or more parade
Emancipation Day
--gillena cox; TT