I feel same about the food. But I am not so sure why I should be proud. Guyana has failed. It is a failed third world backwater. The pre-independence leaders and the present derivatives have failed my generation. They never fought for independence. The Brits wanted out. All this celebration they are planning next year is just a waste of money.
If more Guyanese derived pride in our cultural continuum, instead of remaining trapped within small bantustans, holding desperately to unscrupulous leaders, then Guyana wouldn't be a failed state.
Jamaicans have created a distinct brand and image which has helped them develop a tourist industry, an entertainment sector, and brands with reach beyond the Caribbean. Why them and not us. Because Jamaicans are fiercely proud of being Jamaican, and others have picked that up.
Guyanese don't even know who we are and so don't see our own "richness". So we let a major heritage site, which Georgetown was, collapse into ruin. Stabroek Market, a unique symbol of Guyana, a crime scene and a rat infested mess.
People do need symbols, and you live in the USA, a nation which is full of this. So yes "50" years of Guyana is something to celebrate, even of we haven't achieved much since then.