JUBILATING UNDER A WATCHING MOON
by Francis Quamina Farrier
If the word ‘jubilating’ is strange to you, so it was to me when I first heard it as I was on my way to the Jubilee Park on Wednesday night May 25, to enjoy the Flag Raising Ceremony of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee, May 26, 2016. I also over-heard the statement, “This is Jubilee, not stupidee.” The streets approaching the Jubilee Park were over-run with vehicles. It was grid-lock of the worst order. Drivers were impatiently honking their horns as though they were driving out Ole Higue. It was chaotic. (Please say the word the way it was popularized so long ago by one of our hero policemen; “chow-tic”).
It was so different a situation fifty years ago when I went to the then Queen Elizabeth Park – now the National Park – to witness the lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of the new National Flag of Guyana, the Golden Arrowhead. There were certainly not so many vehicles on our roads back then. Fifty years make a difference – a big difference – as it should, and I am about to relate just a few of those differences between the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Georgetown in May 1966 and that which occurred some fifty years later in May 2016. Continue reading