Second New Year


All over Cape Town people are preparing to celebrate “tweede Nuwe Jaar” or second New Year. The practice and comes from practices associated with the slavery and its history is linked with the Coon Carnival. In the mid- nineteenth century, the Cape slaves were given a day off from their duties on 2 January every year. During this alternate New Year celebration, the slaves would dress up as minstrels and dance rhythmically to the sounds of banjos, guitars, ghoema drums, whistles, trombones and tubas.

It is a day of great celebration.  I wish to see all the minstrels (Kaapse Klopse) one day.

Happy 1st and 2nd New year 😉

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