Caricom Day is a public holiday that’s observed on the first Monday in July annually in Guyana. This day marks the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas that occurred on July 4, 1973. This treaty was signed by Prime Ministers Errol Barrow of Barbados, Michael Manley of Jamaica, Forbes Burnham of Guyana, and Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago.
This treaty initially created CARICOM and in 2002, the treaty would be revised to allow for the eventual establishment of a single economy and market. CARICOM, also known as the Caribbean Community or CC, is an intergovernmental organization of 14-nation states and one dependency throughout the Caribbean to promote economic integration and cooperation among member states.
The History Of Caricom Day
Caricom Day was created as a public holiday according to Section 6 of the Public Holidays Act Chapter 19:07 of the laws of Guyana. It was created shortly after CARICOM was created in 1973.
Facts About Guyana
Since we’ve covered just about everything we could cover about Caricom Day, we thought that we’d change our focus and talk about some of the things that we learned about Guyana during the course of our research.
- Guyana is known as the “Land Of Many Waterfalls.”
- Approximately 80% of Guyana is covered in rainforests.
- Fishing, mining, and agriculture are Guyana’s most important economic activities.
- Guyana is a Parliamentary Democracy.
- English is one of the main languages of Guyana.
Observing Caricom Day
This holiday is observed by people all over Guyana who attend beach parties before and on Capricom Day and attend music festivals all over the country. There are also bike races ran on this day and exhibits are generally held at the Guyana National Museum.