Guyana Holidays, Events, Climate and Sightseeing

Holidays and events

Public holidays

Religious festivals or holidays

Date Holiday
25th March Good Friday
26-28. March Easter
April 21 Youmun-Nabi (Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday)
December 25th and 26 Christmas

Other public holidays

Date Event
January 1 New Year
February 23 Republic Day (“Mashramani” has been the official holiday for the foundation of the state since 1970)
May 1 Labor Day
May 26 Independence Day (commemorating independence from Great Britain in 1966)
July 07 Caricom Day (celebration of membership in the Carribbian Community)
August 4 Emancipation Day (celebration of the end of slavery in 1838)

Source: Countryaah – Guyana Holidays

Cultural events

The Mashramani is celebrated on February 23. After a month of various activities, the Georgetown Carnival is celebrated with a large all-day procession.

This is followed by Phagwah, a Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring.

In April there is a regatta on the Esquibo River starting from Bartica.

In October there is the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali.

And from New Year to New Year the ” Rising Sun Old Year’s Horse Racing Meeting ” takes place.

Sporting events

National sports are cricket and hockey. To fish you need a fishing license from the local authorities, which you should apply for in good time. Riding is popular.

Guyana: climate

Travel times

The idea of what is meant by a particularly favorable travel climate depends on a number of factors. The ideas of pure cultural travelers are certainly completely different from those of people who, for example, want to spend a pure beach holiday. The state of health or age can also play an important role.

Guyana has a tropical climate. That means that it rains very heavily during the rainy season and it is very warm. For people who like to enjoy a lot of sun and who do not have any problems with higher temperatures, the summer months of September to November are particularly suitable for a stay in the country. Then there is no rainy season in the country.

The northeast trade wind mitigates the heat on the coast, which is without a doubt the most attractive region of the country for tourists. The rainforest in the interior of the country and the grasslands in the southwest are a little hotter. The rainy season is less recommendable for traveling, especially as dangerous landslides and floods can occur during this time. For people who prefer temperate climates

, Guyana should be avoid or, if necessary, go to the coast in autumn.

Climate table

In the following table some important climatic data of the country are shown for a more detailed information.

Month Average number of rainy days Mean maximum temperatures in (°C) Mean minimum temperatures in (°C)
January 16-18 28-30 22-24
February 12-14 28-30 22-24
March 11-13 28-30 23-25
April 11-13 28-30 23-25
May 19-21 28-30 23-25
June 23-25 28-30 23-25
July 20-22 28-30 23-25
August 15-17 29-31 23-25
September 06-08 30-32 23-25
October 08-10 30-32 23-25
November 09-11 29-31 23-25
December 19-21 28-30 23-25

Attractions

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Despite fierce efforts, the country did not manage to get one or more sites on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites by the end of 2009.

Special buildings

Courthouse

The Georgetown courthouse dates back to the 19th century.

Presidential Palace

The “State House” presidential palace in Georgetown dates back to the 19th century and is the former residence of the British governor.

Town Hall

The Town Hall from the 19th century. is the historic town hall of Georgetown.

Museums

Walther Roth Museum

The Walther Roth Museum is a museum for anthropology and is located in Georgetown.

National Museum of Guyana

The National Museum of Guyana in Georgetown offers an extensive insight into the history of nature, tradition and culture of the country.

Opera and theater

Churches

Sainte George Cathedral

The church dates from the 19th century. and is located in Georgetown. It is one of the tallest wooden churches in the world.

St. Andrew’s Kirk

St. Andrew’s Kirk is one of the oldest churches in Guyana.

Umana Yama Church

The Umana Yama Church is located in Georgetown.

Special streets and markets

Streets and the Dutch canals of Georgetown

The beautiful streets and the Dutch canals of Georgetown are a reference to the country’s colonial past.

Stabroek Market

The colorful Stabroek Market in Georgetown is not only attractive because of the shopping opportunities.

Universities

University of Guyana

The University of Guyana in the capital Georgetown was founded in 1963. At the moment there are around 5,000 enrolled students at the university. The university has the following faculties:

  • art
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Humanities
  • medicine
  • Agriculture and forestry

Potaro National Park

The Potaro National Park takes its name from the 225 km long Potaro River. The park is located and covers an area of around 625 km².

More natural beauties

Kaieteur waterfall

The Kaieteur waterfall in the National Park on the Potaro River has a height of fall of 226 meters, making it one of the highest in North and South America.

Orinduik waterfalls

The Orinduik waterfalls on the Ireng River are also impressive.

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Georgetown, with a size of 48 (!) Hectares, is worth a visit.

Rio Mazaruni

The Rio Mazaruni flows from the west into the Rio Essequibo at the mouth of the river Bartica, the city is the usual place for excursions to the natural beauties in the interior of the country.

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