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Indian President Kovind congratulates Guyana on Republic Day

President of India Ram Nath Kovind sends a congratulatory message to President Mohamed Irfaan Ali on the occasion of Guyana's Republic Day.

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Guyana: President of India Ram Nath Kovind sends a congratulatory message to President Mohamed Irfaan Ali on the occasion of Guyana’s Republic Day.

In his letter, the President of India said, ” On behalf of the government and the people of India on my own behalf, I extend warm greetings and felicitations to your excellency, the government, and people of Guyana on the occasion of your Republic day. “ 

He added, “India attaches immense importance to our ties with Guyana; our two countries share warm and friendly relations with growing engagements in the political-economic, commercial and cultural fields.“ 

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“I am sure that our partnership will be further strengthened in the years to come.“ Kovind noted.

Additionally, “India gesture of solidarity by way of extending medical supplies and protective gear last year, to assist the government and friendly people of Guyana in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic is symbolic of our close relations .”The letter further added, “ India will continue to be a reliable partner of Guyana in the collective fight against the COVID-19 pandemic .” 

President of India’s letter added, “I convey my best wishes to your Excellency’s good health and well-being and continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Guyana. “ 

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Guyana annually marks Mashramani on February 23. The festival celebrates Republic Day, the day when Guyana officially became a republic in 1970.

Guyana grew independent from the United Kingdom in 1966. An annual festival was organized in Linden, the second-largest city after the capital, by members of a civic organization, the United States Junior Chamber (or Jaycees). When Guyana adopted the status of a republic, the Jaycees created the Jaycees Republic Celebrations Committee. 

They began to look for an appropriate name for celebration and came up with the word Mashramani, which was an Arawak word for Mashirimehi. This word would explain Amerindians’ type of festival whenever they gathered to celebrate a special event.

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