Monthly Archives: December 2017

Guyana Christmas Nostalgia – by Peter Halder + video

Guyana Christmas Nostalgia – by Peter Halder + video

Growing up circa the mid-1940’s on Non Pareil Street, Albouystown, Georgetown in Guyana, Christmas was indeed the most wonderful time of the year. It was not just the greatest holiday but a season that lasted from Christmas Eve into the new year. It was hustle and bustle for moms and dads but for children, it was jolly, merry, festive with lots to eat and drink.

Two weeks before Christmas Day, a masqerade band began to tune up and practice in Padmore yard, near where we lived. Members of the band were from Plaisance village on East Coast Demerara.    Continue reading

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The Snake Repellent – Adapted from an ancient Amerindian Myth – by Peter Halder

The Snake Repellent
(Adapted from an ancient Amerindian Myth)
by Peter Halder

Fero Gadjee and his family lived at Seba, a settlement on the Upper Demerara River in Guyana. The family lived in a typical troolie palm thatched hut a short distance from the bank of the river. His father, Jaro worked at the Seba stone quarry.

When Fero turned 18 years, he decided to go and live on his own. A relative who lived at nearby Zion Hill told him about a plot of land on the western bank of the river about three miles to the south. The land needed clearing.    Continue reading