Culture & Identity of Guyana
Guyana is an odd combination of restraint and religion with
Caribbean-styled drinking, relaxing, dancing, and eating. Additionally, the people
are very diverse due to the country's history of numerous immigrant groups.
Despite the differences in culture, religion, and beliefs, the way of life for most
of the people can be unified in their shared history, strong religious backgrounds,
conservative belief systems, but also their enjoyment of life and social relationships
essential to all people.
Most people in Guyana live along or near the coast, although
the cities in the country are small and uncommon. Only about a third of the population
lives in these cities, but the strip of land along the coast is fairly densely populated
as many people have some land, but large farms or plantations are rare today. This
means the people have land to farm on, but also generally have access to the cities
so there is a wide range of available job options and lifestyles.
For most people the work day or school day begins fairly early and work generally
lasts until about 5:00 pm; although schools usually get out in mid-afternoon. Sundays
are typically a day to relax as few people work and Saturdays are often the same.
During this free time family comes first in Guyana, but friends
are also very important and on nights and weekends most Guyanese spend their free
time with their family or friends. Going out to a restaurant, bar, club, or movie
is not uncommon, although few people make visiting these places a regular habit.
Weekends are also a great time to get out and play sports, socialize, or just relax
and unwind. Depending on an individual's religion, many people also attend religious
services during the weekend.