Tweede Nuwe Jaar

Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which literally means “Second New Year”, is rooted in the slave history of Cape Town. Slaves were only allowed a single day off work a year, and they used the opportunity to celebrate. Tweede Nuwe Jaar happens on the 2nd of January each year and is one of the biggest events in the city. Performers, known as the Kaapse Klopse, don colourful suits, face-paint, hats, and parasols. They strut their stuff through the streets, with brass instruments and drums, in the traditional ghoema musical style. The centre of Cape Town becomes a huge street party for the day.

Once they are done marching through Cape Town, the troupes and various Cape Malay Choirs head to the stadium Green Point where the competition begins in earnest. The battle for much-coveted honours stretches out over several Saturdays in January.

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