Second New Year

Although there are many holidays associated with this January 2, including The Ninth Day of Christmas and Science Fiction Day (the birthday in 1920 of Isaac Asimov), the most compelling, which is officially observed in Slovenia, Serbia, and New Zealand, is the Day After New Year’s Day or the Second Day of the Year

Another is Kaapse Klopse (or simply Klopse) a minstrel festival that takes place annually on 2 January in Cape Town, South Africa. It is also referred to as Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year.) As many as 13,000 minstrels take to the streets garbed in bright colours, carrying colourful umbrellas or playing an array of musical instruments.

During the 19th century, the New Year was celebrated by the Dutch and was considered to be the biggest annual feast. Slaves would get a day off on 2 January and were allowed to celebrate in their own manner. Slavery was officially abolished in the Cape on 1 December 1834. The Tweede Nuwe Jaar became a celebration that united the “creole culture” in Cape Town. It is estimated that the first carnival troupe was organised in 1887.

Modern celebration of Tweede Nuwe Jaar is a reminder of the slave past of colonial Cape Town and the importance of music and dance as part of the celebration of freedom. The klopse has played a significant role in addressing social challenges like crime, drug abuse, and AIDS. It is also used to build bridges between the communities after the apartheid era.

According to eNCA, an African news sources, Klopse is cancelled this year due to Covid, as it was last year. According to the KKKA (Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association) it will be postponed until June 16 2022, subject to health status.

This image was created by Olga Ernst and available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

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