Cape Town celebrates Tweede Nuwe Jaar, meaning “Second New Year”, in the form of a parade of singing and dancing from the Kaapse Klopse. This tradition comes from the Cape Malay slaves who celebrated the ringing in of a New Year on the only day they were offered leave from work each year which was the 2nd of January. This tradition has carried on for almost two hundred years.
The San and the KhoiKhoi are the first recorded peoples of the Cape. The San were hunter-gatherers while the KhoiKhoi were mainly herders. The Khoi-san generation called the area Hoerikwaggo, meaning “mountain that rises from the sea”.
The Green Point lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in South Africa. The lighthouse was built in 1824. As thick winter fog regularly disguises the land it was also equipped with a booming foghorn that could be heard for miles. This earned the lighthouse the nickname “Moaning Minnie”.
The oldest living tradition in Cape Town is the firing of the Noon Day Gun at Lion Battery on Signal Hill. The Noon Day cannons are also two of the oldest cannons in the world still in daily use. This goes off every day at 12 pm.
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