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Last updated: May 26, 2018 at 23:36 pm

The National Flag of Guyana

Independence Day is celebrated every year on the 26th of May by the Guyanese people to mark Guyana’s independence from the British Crown.

At the break of Independence Day: Midnight of May 25th each year, “flag raising ceremonies” are held at various marked locations across Guyana. During the flag raising ceremony, the British Union Jack flag is lowered and the Guyanese Golden Arrowhead Flag is hoisted as a symbolic declaration of Independence from British Rule.

Guyana was colonized by the Dutch, French and finally the British who ruled Guyana until the 26th of May, 1966: the day in which Guyana was officially declared an independent nation and no longer a British Colony.

A group of Guyanese politicians, including Dr. Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham were instrumental in the “fight” for independence from the British Crown.

The fight for independence saw many violent insurrections such as the burning down of cane fields and other acts of sabotage and resistance against the British Empire.

But whether the gaining of independence on the 26th of May, 1966 was a good thing or not has always been, and still is, a matter of debate and personal taste.

I will be discussing the issue of whether winning independence was really a good thing in some of my commentaries.

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