49th Republic Day Messages


A Message from the PPP on the occasion of Guyana’s 49th Anniversary as a Republic  

 As our nation celebrates its 49th anniversary as a Republic, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) takes this opportunity to express best wishes to all Guyanese, both at home and in the Diaspora. 

Through its colourful and vibrant celebrations, Mashramani represents our history of struggles and pride in self-governance. 

The jubilance, through vibrant music and the splendor of the multitude of colours, reflect not just reveling after hard work, as the word Mashramani connotes, but the rich diversity that define us as a nation. 

The symbols of our nationhood, such as the National Flag and the Constitution, must be respected by all Guyanese, in demonstration of our patriotism. 

Mashramani is also a reminder of the fortitude and resilience of all of our people who remained steadfast in their efforts to building our nation, so as to realise the future we all desire. 

Our Party remains cognizant of and commends the dedication and efforts of all involved in the various activities held across the country. 

It is the Party’s fervent hope that all will reflect on Guyana’s journey as a nation since attaining the status as a Republic and continued to be imbued with patriotism and pride as we celebrate the occasion of Mashramani 2019. 

Happy Mashramani to all Guyanese 



The Peoples’ National Congress Reform is pleased to extend greetings and good wishes to all Guyanese as we celebrate the 49th Anniversary of our Republican status. 

The national celebration of Mashramani is an occasion for reflection and assessment of the state of our nation, 49 years after Guyana was declared a Republic. This year Mashramani is being held under the theme, “Celebrate Mash 49 with Victory in Mind”.  

In this regard, it must be evident to all that we, as Guyanese, need to redouble our efforts to banish crime, disease, ignorance and poverty. We must strengthen national unity, expand national infrastructure, fortify national institutions, ensure national security and extend public services. We must not rest until victory is ours. 

Accordingly, the PNCR wishes all Guyanese a Happy Republic Day, and a joyous celebration of Mashramani, as we pray that the spirit of peace, love and unity will dwell among us on the 49th anniversary of our Republic. 

Happy Mashramani! 


IAC Message on Guyana’s 49th Republic Anniversary 

The Indian Action Committee (IAC), in recognition of the 49 th Anniversary of Guyana having achieved republican status on 23rd February 1970, is calling upon all Guyanese citizens, including those who will be involved in public celebrations, to observe this day in a safe and considerate manner given the fact that many persons will be consuming alcohol in large quantities. 

The IAC further calls upon all drivers who are involved in festivities to observe the basic rule of not drinking and driving. 

The IAC recognizes that the date itself is linked to the Berbice uprising of enslaved persons of African origin, which allowed the then Dutch colony of Berbice to be administered by the temporarily freed slaves for a period of one year between 1763 and 1764. 

The IAC also recognizes that a number of citizens, particularly dislocated sugar workers and many recently dismissed bauxite workers and their families will not be partaking in this year’s activities because of severe financial constraints and the organization encourages these persons to remain within their own communities and observe the day in private gatherings. 

The IAC understands that many families of all ethnicities have been suffering and, presently, continue to suffer untold hardships in this current state of economic downturn in Guyana which began over three years ago. 

The IAC is cognizant of the political and ethnic tensions that have risen to a dangerously high level following the passage of the recently upheld No Confidence Motion in the National Assembly and, also, the blatant unconstitutional behaviour of the defeated Coalition government, which is contemptuously disobeying the lawful decision of the Honorable Chief Justice; and, as a result, the IAC strongly believes that the nation is hurtling towards a grave constitutional crisis given the contemptuous and unconstitutional behaviour of the Guyana Elections Commission headed by its unconstitutionally and unilaterally- appointed Chairman. 

The IAC joins with the political parties, religious bodies, trade unions and other civil society groups in the call for inclusion, genuine and lasting national unity in the drive towards economic development and prosperity. 

The IAC wishes all Guyanese a Happy 49th Republic Anniversary. 


U.S. President Congratulates Guyana on 49th Republic Day Anniversary 


Dear Mr. President: 

Congratulations to you and the people of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on the occasion of your 49th Republic Day on February 23. 

As your government and the people of Guyana assess the future direction of your country, know that the United States recognizes and honors Guyana’s respect for the principles and integrity of democratic governance and institutions.  

Guyana is one of the United States’ most important partners in ensuring the Americas remain a zone of democracy, freedom, and security. We look forward to a continuing collaborative partnership going forward, supporting the security and economic interests of both our nations. 

On behalf of the American people, I wish you and your people a joyous, peaceful, and prosperous Republic Day. 


Donald J. Trump 


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