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With the fall of slavery, there was a radical change in the colonial life.
By 1838, the overall emancipation had come into action. Many former slaves swiftly departed the British plantation.
There is no overwhelming celebration on this date, but it has sheer significance and value for the Guyanese people….the world alike.
Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.
It is no more confined to the freedom of slavery but, now, has widespread wings in almost every sphere of work.
From the field of press to software to economic activities, Freedom Day has a different meaning to every sphere.
Guyana has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the region.
Guyana has Atlantic Ocean, Suriname, Venezuela and Brazil covering four of its sides. However, Dutch annexed it in the 16th century and then it was juggled between the Dutch, French and British from the second part of the 16th to the 19th century. This year, since August 1 is on a Saturday, Monday, August 3 is celebrated.
Thus, there was an opening for civil services and artesian shops.
Freedom Day kicked off indentured labor, which attracted the Portuguese, Chinese and East Indians to the country.
Some of them shifted to villages and towns with a feeling that the field labor was inconsistent and degrading with freedom, whereas others accumulated their resources for purchasing the estates, which were abandoned, and helped in the creation of village societies.
Setting up of small settlements offered new communities constituting Afro-Guyanese people.