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Stories about life, in and out of Guyana, from a Guyanese perspective

Stories about life, in and out of Guyana, from a Guyanese perspective

December 28, 2014 | By | Filed Under Countryman, Features / Columnists

Christmas ‘spirit’, pagan gods, and the Guyanese spirit

By Dennis Nichols

masquerade band is far removed from the clichéd ‘reason for the season.’

The masquerade band is far removed from the clichéd ‘reason for the season.’

Some years ago I told a friend of mine I was concerned about some of the pagan elements of popular holidays and observances like Christmas, Easter and Halloween. He laughed away my perturbation and assured me that the tradition and spirit of how we Guyanese celebrate them are more important than why we do, and what their heathen origins are. I responded that it was an arguable point. As Christmas rolls around again I am once more faced with this curious aspect of yuletide festivity.

The ‘spirit and tradition’ my friend alluded to are the joy and peace, the goodwill, jollification and religious rituals associated with Christmas. Add to this the idea that it seems to transcend religious, cultural, and geographical barriers, and it is obvious why so many people are drawn to its lure and lore, despite the notion that December 25 was almost certainly not the birthday of Jesus. Continue reading

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