Guyana Independence


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The UK Guyanese community will celebrate on Sunday 26 May, as Guyana celebrates 53 years of independence from Britain. Guyana occupies a unique position as the only English-speaking country in South America, whilst sharing a close socio-political affinity and history with many Caribbean islands – so much so that it is often thought of as another island in the archipelago.

Popularly known as the ‘Land of Many Waters’ (some say from the Arawak Amerindian words ‘wai ana’), this vast landmass is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brasil to the south, Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west. One of its most well known landmarks, part of the Potaro River in the Kaieteur National Park, is the Kaieteur Falls – the world’s largest single-drop waterfall.

We’d like to wish Guyana, and all Guyanese people across the Diaspora, a very happy
independence day.