Orealla gears up for Heritage Month Celebrations
DPI, Guyana, Saturday, September 22, 2018
Orealla is rolling out the red carpet to welcome a large influx of visitors expected for their Heritage Month celebrations beginning today September 22 which will run until September 28.
The final touches were added to spruce up the community on Friday. The celebration kick-started with a cultural programme under the village benab. Lots of songs, dance, poetry, local cuisine and fashion was showcased.
Sunday 22, will see the senior citizens in the community be treated to a day of fun and pampering as they are honoured for their contributions towards the development of the community.
Monday will be the day when the entire village puts their best yard forward hoping to be among the coveted six best kept and decorated yards in the community. Prizes will be awarded to each winner and of course bragging rights for a year.
From Tuesday to Thursday there will be several other activities including the establishment of a Village Improvement Plan, tours of the numerous breath-taking sites within the community as well as the construction of the spaces for the hosting of the Miss Orealla pageant and Heritage Day celebrations.
On the September 27, local beauties will vie for the coveted Miss Orealla title which will also coincide with a song festival. The winners and runner-ups will be handsomely rewarded and be present on the Heritage Day celebrations the following day.
The activities will culminate with a grand Heritage Day celebration on September 28 where a semi-cruise ship laden with 450 plus passengers is expected to dock at the Orealla village entrance to be part of the celebrations.
Toshao Carl Peneux said apart from the abundance of arts & craft, fashion, games, music, dance, food, drinks and songs that are expected there will be several novelty events such as canoe racing, Basha fishing competition, fish, meat and crab roasting competition, swimming races as well as a several foot races that will test the stamina as well as sprinting ability of the competitors.
He noted the community is eagerly awaiting to welcome all to their village so they could experience the hospitality of Orealla residents.
The Orealla Radio Station will also officially start broadcasting during the Heritage Day celebrations and will feature some of the events live as they unfold so for those who cannot attend, they will be able “to feel the vibes and share in the celebrations.”
Orealla located some 50 miles up the Corentyne River from Corriverton is accessible by boat or air. There is also a launch service from the Stelling opposite the Skeldon market which usually charges $1,000 per person.
The village has several guest houses and accommodation with most modern amenities to ensure visitors are comfortable during their stay.
Story and Images: Nafeeza Sakur