Hundreds of Guyanese from all walks of life flocked the various parks and open spaces on Monday to observe and participate in this year’s Easter holiday festivities, as it signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The favourable weather experienced across the country motivated kite lovers and spectators to take to the different kite flying hotspots.
Decked in their stylish and colourful outfits and enjoying the jubilant atmosphere with their family and friends, they braved the sun to display their creativity and artistic skills with their multi-coloured kites.
When this publication visited the seawall along the East Coast of Demerara, the picturesque view of the kites, especially the popular bird and star-shaped ones, could be seen in the sky from a distance as they “danced” and “sung” whenever the ocean breeze hit them.
At this venue, parents were seen helping their children get their kites into the sky among the many others, which, when taken at a glance, painted a picture of beautiful birds.
Persons who were there to take in the scenery and be part of the festivities could be seen enjoying the ocean winds under a cool shade, chatting with their family and friends.
Shenelle, a vendor at the seawall, who has been in the business for years, related that the sales during the Easter holiday is quite normal in the midday but eventually picks up as more people flock the area in the afternoon period, enthusiastically adding that she loves everything about Easter since it’s a time for family.
Meanwhile, Marlin, a spectator, stated that she and her family are enjoying the Easter especially since the sun is out, “So far I’m enjoying the Easter, the sun is out and all is glory and we are having fun…Easter is a time to enjoy yourself with your family and so forth,” she said.
The atmosphere in the popular family venue, the National Park, was filled with family cheers and laughter of the scores of children who were excited about sending their kites up into the sky in perfect weather.
Selwyn Henry, an overseas-based Guyanese, whilst being encircled by his family members in their corner of the park, related to this publication that he is visiting his homeland for the Easter holiday and is so far enjoying his stay.
“I’m enjoying my stay here in Guyana. Of course, I am from Guyana…I love being home because it’s wonderful as kite flying signifies the rising of Jesus Christ” he explained.
Avril Roberts, another overseas-based Guyanese, cheerfully pointed out that she is enjoying herself on Easter Monday and is hoping to be in Guyana to celebrate another Easter holiday. Over at the Joe Vieira Park, West Bank Demerara, the enjoyment factor was much the same. There was music, lots to eat and drink and more so, lots of children with happy faces trying to get their kites in the air.
Reports coming out of Essequibo also suggested that the persons who came out to have a grand time with their family and friends did so. Scores of people were seen on the beaches and open spaces either picnicking or looking at their children having a wonderful time.
In the mining town of Linden, residents came out in their numbers as they flocked various sites across the community which are known for kite flying.
Areas such as the Bayroc Ground, various ball fields and dykes were transformed into fun zones throughout the day.
Though the heat of the day presented some challenges earlier on, this did not deter kite flying lovers and others from venturing out to the various locations.
Children could be seen raising their kites into the air, ably assisted by the grownups in some cases, while others opted to enjoy the cool afternoon vibes later on in the day.
The weather remained perfect for most of the day, providing just the right atmosphere for kite flying and other fun activities. Fun zones were created in some areas where children hopped on merry-go-rounds, bouncy castles and played games. Families were also observed barbecuing and having picnics.