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About New Year’s Day (Public Holiday)

All the info: New Year's Day is a public holiday in South Africa, celebrated in Cape Town among family and friends

1 January marks the beginning of 2019. It’s a day for celebrations and spending time with family.

RESTAURANTS AND EATERIES OPEN ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
While most Cape Town restaurants and eateries are open on New Year’s Eve, some are closed on New Year’s Day itself. You can find a nice selection of places that still invite families and friends to celebrate with a good meal and company among these things to do this New Year's Day.

THE CITY’S FAMOUS SECOND NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS
Another world famous Mother City event is the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, dubbed Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year, which takes place on 2 January. The festival dates back to the mid-19th century when slaves only got one day leave per year: the 2nd of January. It’s celebrated to this day as a means of cultural remembrance and a reminder for all South Africans (and the world) never to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Today, this colourful parade takes to the streets of the CBD and includes a series of festivals with live entertainment, food and fun for spectators and participants alike. It does involve some road closures, so holiday-goers should plan accordingly. We bring you all the info on events, entertainment, road and road closures around Cape Town’s Tweede Nuwe Jaar.

WATCH: WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE STREET PARADE

 

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PLUS: RECONNECT IN 2019
One of the most "Deep Southerner" ways of celebrating New Year's Day is paddling out at Surfer's Corner in Muizenberg before 5am to watch the sun come up from your surfboard and ride your first wave of 2019. Discover it, plus a few more beaches around Cape Town, as well as awesome surf spots.

Check out the special, secluded and hidden tidal pools around Cape Town

And these beautiful natural rock pools of the Western Cape.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS OF SOUTH AFRICA

JANUARY

1 JAN

New Year's Day

MARCH

21 MAR

Human Rights Day

30 MAR

Good Friday

APRIL

1 APR

Family Day (Easter Sunday)

27 APR

Freedom Day

MAY

1 MAY

Worker’s Day

JUNE

16 JUN

Youth Day

AUGUST

9 AUG

National Women's Day

SEPTEMBER

24 SEP

Heritage Day

DECEMBER

16 DEC

Day of Reconciliation

25 DEC

Christmas Day

26 DEC

Day of Goodwill

 

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Get excited for the year and check out January events in Cape Town and discover The Mother City's unique activities.

New year, new things to do! Check out our overview of new places in Cape Town and unlock exciting new experiences that won't break the bank with these free and cheap things to do with kids

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