Tweede Nuwe Jaar 2020

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Tweede Nuwe Jaar: Here’s why parade takes place on later date in 2020

Tweede Nuwe Jaar, celebrated and performed by the Kaapse Klopse, will take place two days later than usual.

Tweede Nuwe Jaar 2020

Image via Flickr: South African Tourism

Tweede Nuwe Jaar, celebrated by the Kaapse Klopse and Cape Town, is usually celebrated on 2 January every year. 

However, in 2020, the celebration has been moved to 4 January. Here’s what will be taking place and why the date was moved.  

What is Tweede Nuwe Jaar? 

Tweede Nuwe Jaar literally means “Second New Year”, and its origin 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. The tradition is still alive and kicking today, and the annual event, the Cape Town Minstrel Festival, sees the city bursting into a carnival of colour, music, dancing and parades.

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Here’s why the date was moved

According to Cape Town Magazine, the festival was moved from its usual date on 2 January to 4 January out of respect for the Islamic Jum’ah observation, which coincides with the sunset on the traditional date (a Friday). 

Jum’ah, also known as Friday Prayer or Congregational Prayer, is a prayer that Muslims hold every Friday, just around noon. Muslims ordinarily pray five times a day according to the sun’s sky path regardless of time zones. Jum’ah means “Friday” in the Arabic language. 

Where does Tweede Nuwe Jaar take place? 

The performers march their way through many streets in the city, especially in the historic District Six area. It’s never hard to find them; just listen out for the lively music and singing.

Legendary Kaapse Klopse 

Tweede Nuwe Jaar is one of the biggest events in the city, attracting hundreds of performers and thousands of spectators. The 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. It’s loud, colourful, and a great deal of fun for the whole family.

New event partners in 2020

Previously known as the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Parade, the re-named Cape Town Street Parade is an inclusive carnival for everyone.

In 2020, MTN and Samsung joined the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape government and Coca-Cola as event partners.

Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) director Muneeb Gambeno said the additional support from MTN and Samsung will go a long way in assisting the Cape Town Street Parade to reach new heights. 

“The partnership has the potential of driving the growth of the carnival to the scale and quality of that of other major creole carnivals in the world. This is a massive boost to the KKKA’s mission of contributing to a socially cohesive Cape Town and South Africa through the beautiful tradition of Klopse.”

The Coke Gig Rig at the Grand Parade features a big screen to ensure that everyone gets to see the action. For this reason, no gazebos are allowed on the Grand Parade at the 2020 event.

Tweede Nuwe Jaar entertainment in 2020

Entertainment starts from 12:00, with an opening ceremony on the Grand Parade at 13:00. And do make yourself comfortable as celebrations continue up until 22:00.

At least 50 minstrel troupes will participate on the day and there will be many street activation acts. These are yet to be confirmed, but in 2019 these included Football Freestylers, Khoisan Plasterz, Freestyle Dance Crew, Thandi Swartbooi Township Dance Academy, 7 Steps Drumline, 20Sk8 Skate Development and the Bo-Kaap Blikkie Band.