Cape Carnival ~ totally worth the wait!

The Kaapse Klopse is a New Year’s carnival that usually takes place in the streets of Cape Town on the 2nd of January, a date known as Tweede Nuwejaar (second new year). Rooted in slave culture, the tradition is a modern day take on the celebrations held when the slaves in the Cape were given a holiday at the start of a new year. This event takes place annually.

After having been postponed twice already, this caused massive uproar in the city – buildings were torched, people running around naked, children crying and screams everywhere – hahaha okay that’s me exaggerating, a little too much I must say. So none of that happened!! People were just upset and in my imaginative mind that’s how I pictured people’s reaction as their favorite event kept being postposted.

The official date of 17th January finally came – to people’s gratitude. People camped on the streets the night before and waited impatiently for the new day to come. And it was worth the wait!

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I was very impressed by the costumes, face paints, dancing and the overall order of the event compared to the previous year.

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The performers had so much energy and as they danced you could see the excitement coming straight from their hearts. Being part of this historical event meant everything and that feeling was spread throughout everyone who witnessed.

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It was quite a hot summer day, I mean I had my lightest-almost-see-through top but the heat was no match to the energy the performers had despite their fully covered marvelous attires. A complete thrill to be part of!

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I must say I do look forward to the next one again, maybe this time I will also have my camping gear ready!

[photos courtesy of Marwaan Sasman ~ thank you baby!:]
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I can’t hide

Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something
I think you’ll understand
When I’ll say that something
I wanna hold your hand

There are songs that you hear for the first time and you can’t help but play them over and over. They become the only songs in the world that understand exactly what you feel. You become one with them as though they were made especially for you, completing you in every way. You get reminded of everything that ever went right and make you smile at all the hardship you conquered. They make you look within yourself and be proud of the person you’ve become. You are your own biggest fan.

And when I touch you I feel happy
Inside
It’s such a feeling that my love
I can’t hide

Nothing in the world can ever compare to the light that’s inside of you. And when you share it with others, seeing what impact your existence has on them, it makes it all worth it. Sometimes the things we take in from what the world expects of us to be does nothing but push us away from who we truly are and the things we are capable of doing. We know we have lost our way when we rely completely on the views of others on how to live and seek their consent before making that decision. Life is a gift – live in the moment; in your own terms and give it your best. For when things don’t go as you hoped, you’ll know that you gave it your best.

And please, say to me
You’ll let me hold your hand
I’ll let me hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand.