The Indian Presence in Guyana


Under the title, “The Indian Presence in Guyana,” Stabroek News has published a concise history of Indian immigration to the country, which began in 1828. The comprehensive survey examines places of origin, economic history, religious traditions, and caste origins of the community before concluding that

Indians have left a rich legacy of art, dance, literature and music. Traditional cuisine – the perennially popular curry, puri, roti, bara, kheer – and other vegetable dishes, are widely consumed. Festivals, including the colourful Holi, Diwali, Youman Nabi and Eid-ul-Fitr are today national holidays. Traditional Indian wear – the shalwar, sari, kurta – though no longer everyday wear, have remained very popular especially at festivals, weddings and religious ceremonies. The contributions to sport, especially in the present day feats of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, have become national legends.

Like all other Caribbean nations with a substantial population of Indian origin, the country celebrates Indian Arrival Day, which in Guyana is May 5th.

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