Guyana February 23

Republic Day

Guyana celebrates Republic Day or Mashramani (abbreviated as ‘Mash) on February usually on the 23rd. Guyanese citizens enjoy festive and colourful parades much like that of a carnival, music, and games. Guyanese cook on this special day to mark the birth of a new country. Mashramani should not be confused with the country’s Independence Day on May 26. After it gained independence from the British in 1966, the Guyanese people established itself as an independent nation or a democratic sovereign country as stated in the British Commonwealth of 1970. The word Mashramani is an Amerindian word which means to celebrate/celebrating a job well done. It is the most celebrated holiday in Guyana as floats, parades and masquerade party and dancing flood the street a scenery which reflects the country’s proud African heritage.

Pepperpot

Serves 6
Ingredient:
o 1 pound stew beef
o 1 pound oxtail
o 2 pigs feet
o ½ cup cassareep
o 1 cinnamon stick
o ½ teaspoon of powder clove
o 1 hot pepper
o 1 teaspoon sugar
o 4 fresh basil leaves
o 1 stalk fresh thyme
o Small chopped onion 2 chopped garlic cloves
o Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Wash pigs feet very well. Place feet in a large pot, cover with water and boil for 1 hour. Skim the dark foam from the top of water.Add stewing beef cover with hot water and boil for ½ hour. Add the remaining ingredients simmer for 1 hour serve with rice or roasted root vegetables.
Try with:
Banks lager, Tinto or Toro wines (Spain)            CHEERS!!