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About New Year’s Day (Public Holiday)
All the info about New Year's Day as a public holiday in South Africa + tips on what to do
1 January marks the beginning of 2023. 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
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
PLUS: RECONNECT IN 2023
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.
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