Monday, January 16, 2006

Cape Coon Carnival

During the early colonial period, slaves in and around Cape Town, South Africa were given time off to celebrate New Year’s Day. The period of celebration, which included dressing up, face painting, feasting, music, and dance, became known as the Cape Coon Carnival, after the coons from America.

The carnival took place last Saturday in and around Green Point, where we were staying, and this area of pretty painted houses called Bo-Kaap. Singing bands and colourful costumes and no pictures!


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