Cape Town’s New Year celebrations

The Kaapse Klopse, or Cape Carnival, dates back to the 19th century. It has its origins in Cape Town’s slave community, when, on a rare holiday on New Year’s Day, the city’s slaves arranged a day of festivities. While slavery is a distant memory, this New Year’s tradition lives on.

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Streets where there are troupes preparing for the annual minstrel carnival are often decorated with colourful bunting.