His Majesty sent his sincere greetings and best wishes to President Ali and the country’s friendly people in the cable.
On the Republic Anniversary occasion, Dr. Irfaan Ali was present earlier this previous evening as the nation ushered in its 51st Republic Anniversary celebration at Parliament Buildings.
First Lady Arya Ali accompanied the Commander-in-Chief. Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, former Presidents Donald Ramotar and Samuel Hinds, and current Ministers of Government and other officials were also in attendance.
The invitees and the rest of the country, via broadcast, were serenaded by melodious Guyanese music and a series of vibrant dance medleys during the cultural program.
Several Guyanese artists showcased their talents in grand style. Daniela Arujo did a Spoken Word titled Together as One; National Dance Company had several dances including ‘Creole Jump-Up’; Poonam Singh sang one of her popular songs; Katusha Fraser and Adezze Lumumba joined vocal and violin to produce ‘Oh Beautiful Guyana’; Jackie Jaxx and Roy Stewart teamed up with a vocal and saxophone duet; Bunty Singh performed one of his songs, while there were dances from the St Cuthbert’s Dance Group and the Berbice Delights Dance Troupe before all the performers joined renowned Guyanese gospel artiste Samuel Medas on stage for the grand finale.
After the rousing cultural presentation, spectators and guests were regaled by the Marching on of the Guard of Honour, followed by prayers before the Golden Arrowhead was hoisted.
Guyana’s National Pledge, Song of the Republic, and National Anthem echoed through the night to bring a close to the evening’s festivities as the nation prepared for its Republic celebrations under the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s Republic Anniversary celebrations are celebrated under the theme: “One Guyana-Celebrating Mash 51 through Unity and Diversity”.