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Holidays & Observances in Guyana

Guyana is an English-speaking country in Northern South America. The population is very diverse, but it is dominated by descendants of African slaves and descendants of Indian workers brought here as cheap labor when slavery was abolished. Ethnic tension is not unusual between the two groups. Religious conflict is rare, however, even though Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam are all popular religions. Holidays for all three religious groups are celebrated openly and enthusiastically. Guyana has also been influenced by the Caribbean, and its colorful, happy celebration traditions have stemmed from that influence.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Maha Shivaratri Religious/Beliefs Hinduism
Republic Day Guyana Public
Holi Religious/Beliefs Hinduism
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Independence Day Guyana Public
Raksha Bandhan Religious/Beliefs Hinduism
Diwali Religious/Beliefs Hinduism