Hundreds of Guyanese from all walks of life flocked the various parks and open spaces on Monday to observe and participate in this year’s Easter holiday festivities, as it signifies the resurrection of Jesus Christ.Patrons at the Golden Fleece Beach on Easter MondayThe favourable weather experienced across the country motivated kite lovers and spectators to take to the different kite flying hotspots.Decked in their stylish and colourful outfits and enjoying the jubilant atmosphere with their family and friends, they braved the sun to display their creativity and artistic skills with their multi-coloured kites.These three children were seen trying to raise their kites at Joe Vieira ParkWhen this publication visited the seawall along the East Coast of Demerara, the picturesque view of the kites, especially the popular bird and star-shaped ones, could be seen in the sky from a distance as they “danced” and “sung” whenever the ocean breeze hit them.At this venue, parents were seen helping their children get their kites into the sky among the many others, which, when taken at a glance, painted a picture of beautiful birds.Two women attempting to raise a kite at the National ParkPersons who were there to take in the scenery and be part of the festivities could be seen enjoying the ocean winds under a cool shade, chatting with their family and friends.Shenelle, a vendor at the seawall, who has been in the business for years, related that the sales during the Easter holiday is quite normal in the midday but eventually picks up as more people flock the area in the afternoon period, enthusiastically adding that she loves everything about Easter since it’s a time for family.These three lads already for the fun and excitementMeanwhile, Marlin, a spectator, stated that she and her family are enjoying the Easter especially since the sun is out, “So far I’m enjoying the Easter, the sun is out and all is glory and we are having fun…Easter is a time to enjoy yourself with your family and so forth,” she said.The atmosphere in the popular family venue, the National Park, was filled with family cheers and laughter of the scores of children who were excited about sending their kites up into the sky in perfect weather.A family relaxing at the Georgetown SeawallSelwyn Henry, an overseas-based Guyanese, whilst being encircled by his family members in their corner of the park, related to this publication that he is visiting his homeland for the Easter holiday and is so far enjoying his stay.“I’m enjoying my stay here in Guyana. Of course, I am from Guyana…I love being home because it’s wonderful as kite flying signifies the rising of Jesus Christ” he explained.These kids making their way to Anna Regina SeawallAvril Roberts, another overseas-based Guyanese, cheerfully pointed out that she is enjoying herself on Easter Monday and is hoping to be in Guyana to celebrate another Easter holiday. Over at the Joe Vieira Park, West Bank Demerara, the enjoyment factor was much the same. There was music, lots to eat and drink and more so, lots of children with happy faces trying to get their kites in the air.Reports coming out of Essequibo also suggested that the persons who came out to have a grand time with their family and friends did so. Scores of people were seen on the beaches and open spaces either picnicking or looking at their children having a wonderful time.Kids having fun with their parents at National ParkIn the mining town of Linden, residents came out in their numbers as they flocked various sites across the community which are known for kite flying.Areas such as the Bayroc Ground, various ball fields and dykes were transformed into fun zones throughout the day.Though the heat of the day presented some challenges earlier on, this did not deter kite flying lovers and others from venturing out to the various locations.A young man displays a six foot kite in LindenChildren could be seen raising their kites into the air, ably assisted by the grownups in some cases, while others opted to enjoy the cool afternoon vibes later on in the day.The weather remained perfect for most of the day, providing just the right atmosphere for kite flying and other fun activities. Fun zones were created in some areas where children hopped on merry-go-rounds, bouncy castles and played games. Families were also observed barbecuing and having picnics.
“The status quo is not working and I think almost all First Nations would agree with that,” says Premier Clark. “It’s not working as well as anyone would like.”That noted the Premier has apologized for what she calls the terrible government communications involved in the sudden decision to cancel the planned appointment of highly regarded former cabinet minister and Liberal leadership candidate George Abbott as head of the B.C. Treaty Commission.“The communication with George was terrible; it was an example of really, really poor communication,” Premier Clark goes on to say. “I take responsibility, particularly with respect to George, because he’s been a good friend to the people of British Columbia and the Government of British Columbia for a long, long time.”- Advertisement -Premier Clark adds, “But you know, as I said, we made a principled policy decision to pursue a different path when it comes to treaties.”Mr. Abbott has conceded he was shocked last week at being nixed as the new Commissioner literally hours before officially being named to take over the post on April 1, 2015.The out-going Commissioner was also less than pleased; noting the Chiefs at the First Nations Summit had supported Mr. Abbott’s appointment by resolution.Advertisement Now, Sophie Pierre says the government retraction raises questions about its commitment to the treaty negotiations process.However, the Premier says the government doesn’t want to fill the post while it looks at a different direction for a commission, which has produced just four treaties in 22 years at a cost of $600 million.“Whether the future will include a treaty commission or not, I don’t know the answer to that, because we committed very sincerely to working with First Nations in figuring out what that looks like together rather than doing in unilaterally.”