In an exuberant spectacle enlightening Guyanese on what the Mashramani celebrations for 2017 will be like, Mash 2017 was launched under the theme: “Celebration with dignity, liberty and greater unity.” Addressing the gathering in front of the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport Main Street office, was Minister in the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry, who noted, “Our foreparents worked hard and long for us to enjoy such a rich cultural heritage.”
She further noted, “Many sacrifices have been made and endured for us to celebrate and hold our heads high.”
This year’s celebrations however, will be one in which all Guyanese will celebrate our freedom with flare and dignity.
With Guyana’s motto being ‘One People, One Nation, One Destiny’, Henry said “When as a people we are united, there obviously will be development.” She also highlighted that the inclusion of the private sector and other such stakeholders is also necessary for these grand celebrations.
She also underscored that Mashramani, being a celebration after hard work, is a Guyanese celebration and as such all celebrations will encompass Guyana’s rich cultural heritage. Minister Henry disclosed also that Guyanese can expect “all that is customary,” as the celebrations will feature numerous cultural activities, competitions and parades.
“Mashramani 2017 promises to be colourful and inclusive. It is one of the biggest events that all Guyanese look forward to,” the minister attested.
The launch of Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary celebrations featured a taste of what next year will be showcasing. There were cultural dances from the St Cuthbert’s Mission Amerindian Dance Troupe, the Nitryageet Dancers and the National School of Dance; calypso renditions from the Juniour Calypso Monarch T’Shanna Cort and Abigail ‘AJ’ James; a steelpan rendition from the National Steel Orchestra and chutney and soca performances by Bunty Singh and Jomo Primo.