A child’s recollection of Easter in Guyana – by Claude Ho

EASTER IN GUYANA by Claude Ho

A child’s recollection of Easter in Guyana.

Easter in Guyana was a special time for children of all ages, regardless of religion. The following presents the memories of an Easter childhood in Guyana.

Good Friday :
But Easter was first and foremost about Good Friday. As children growing up Christian in Guyana, this meant 3 hours of church, from 9.00 am until noon for the entire family, no ifs, ands or buts. And also, of course, in keeping with religious traditions, no meat was to be consumed. Only what Jesus fed the disciples with, namely fish. So Good Friday was a quiet, calm, peaceful day. A day of reflection and prayer.

Easter Saturday :
But after Good Friday came 3 wonderful days of fun and frolic, at least for us kids. Easter Saturday was usually the final day that the kites got made.

In every house there was a master kite maker, and in ours it was our eldest brother, Patrick. He was a true master kite maker. He was the one who designed and built all the kites for us _ from the framework to the stringing, to the papering and then attaching the loop and tail.

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  • Joanne  On 04/05/2013 at 2:28 am

    WHAT ABOUT THE PASTE TO GLUE THE PAPER…..SOMETOMES YOU USE FLOUR AND WATER OR GLAMA CHERRY OR CLAMA CHERRY…THAT GOOEY, STICKY, GREEN CHARRY………NO!

  • travelconnexxions  On 04/05/2013 at 1:10 pm

    of course you are quite right, Joanne. We didn’t have the luxury of glue in a squeeze container, so flour and water worked very well, as did the glama cherry. The flour and water had to be just the right consistency to work. And made quite a mess on the kitchen table or floor!! Thanks for your comments.

  • kenneth bacchus  On 04/05/2013 at 2:06 pm

    i made kites for myself and 3 sisters and go to the seawall in Kitty to fly the kites … we were there all day watching the people and their kites of different colors and sizes go up in the air, sometimes you came across an occasional bully who wants your kite or the ball of string…

  • travelconnexxions  On 04/06/2013 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for your comments, Kenneth. Easter Monday at the seawall was really a wonderful day for all Guyanese families to enjoy.
    Did any one else search for the fallen almond fruit under that tree on the hill and break it open to eat the flesh inside?
    Do you also remember the sound of the singing engine kites as you got closer to the seawall?

  • Email:colinstephenson@rogers.com  On 04/08/2013 at 12:29 am

    You forgot to mention the platting of the kite tail to make the kite wine while it sing and dance to the sea-wall breeze.
    This type of kite needs obsolute control in competition to rake other kites as it makes dips and half dips. I liked the star point design and used the brown vavan paper that makes it sing the most. Thanks Claude. Fond memories.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 04/08/2013 at 3:35 am

    Kite flying is the fun side of Easter holidays, but can someone say why the church is empty for the 3hrs service on Good Friday. Are we missing something of our Spirituality during these most Holy Days of Easter.

  • travelconnexxions  On 07/21/2014 at 2:47 pm

    need some help here friends…does anyone know the botanical name for the “glamma cherry/clamma cherry” we used in those days? Tried checking google but not much help. Also does anyone have photos of this fruit? Anyone in Guyana, can you post photo of “glamma cherry” fruit?

  • Ron. Persaud  On 07/26/2014 at 2:20 pm

    The best I can do for you is “Clammy Cherry (Cordia tetrandra).”
    Source:http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/CommonIndex.pdf

  • travelconnexxions  On 07/29/2014 at 2:12 pm

    thanks to the WGML (Wayne Moses) site it would appear that the “glamma cherry” could be Cordia dichotoma or Cordia tetranda. It is found in India and Australia and a local name for it in those countries is appropriately ..”glue berry”
    Thanks Ron.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 07/30/2014 at 12:05 am

    Claude,
    Do you remember John Bates’ “List of Canefield Weeds” I and 2?
    Then there was a useful reference by Dr. Omawale – Guyana’s Edible plants.
    I am almost certain that the glamma cherry was mentioned.

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