South America - Guyana

by Gabrielle Fogle

Guyana

Guyana is a country in South America which is west of Suriname and east of Venezuela. It has many natural resources such as bauxite, gold, diamonds, hardwood timber, shrimp, and fish.

Guyana's main language is English and they celebrate some of the holidays we do. They celebrate Christmas and Easter, which is also celebrated in America. They mostly celebrate religious holidays like Hindu Divali or "Festival of Lights", Phagwa, and Mashramani.

You can't celebrate Hindu Divali unless you know something about the Hindu hero, Rama. This holiday celebrates Rama's return from exile.

Phagwa is another Hindu holiday that is celebrated in March. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Mashramani is celebrated on February 23rd. They celebrate the "Birth of the Republic".

They practice many different religions in Guyana. About 30.5% are Protestant, 28.4% are Hindu, 17.7% are Christian, 8.1% are Roman Catholic, 7.2% are Muslim, and 1.1% are Jehovah's Witnesses.

Guyana's geography is mostly made up of rolling highlands, low coastal plains, and a savanna in the south. They have a tropical climate.