New Year's Eve in Africa

Celebrating The New Year in Africa

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New Year's Eve is celebrated in many communities across Africa. In most African cities, hotels and bars will be full of party goers celebrating the New Year. Every country in Africa enjoys a public holiday on January 1st, regardless if they celebrate their traditional New Year on that day. Ethiopia, for example, enjoyed a huge New Year's celebration in September 2007, to welcome the year 2000 -- but the Addis Ababa Nightlife will still be rocking on the eve of December 31st.

New Year's in South Africa

South Africa is one of the best places to celebrate New Year's Eve if you like big parties. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town hosts one of the country's biggest bashes with fireworks, music, dancing and more. Other Cape Town venues that are hosting big parties can be found here. Once you've finished part, don't forget to check out the big Minstrel Carnival on New Year's Day.

Durban's beaches are full at this time of year and the waterfront with its many clubs and hopping nightlife are perfect for celebrating the New Year in style. The beaches along the Garden Route are also famous for all night parties with drumming, singing, and dancing.

Johannesburg used to celebrate the New Year by firing gunshots and throwing fridges off balconies, but that appears to be under control now. Instead, you can usually head downtown to the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and party the night away with 50,000 of your friends and carnival troupes. You can also head to any of Johannesburg's numerous nightclubs and bars that all have big nights planned.

Victoria Falls hosts a wonderful carnival over New Years, with some great musical guests over a three-day party-period... read more. Lodging in a tree tent is optional!

New Year's in North Africa

African Muslims enjoy several celebrations around this time of year. There's  Eid ul-Adha which is an important festival, happens 11 September 2016. Tunisians, Algerians, and Moroccans will enjoy a traditional slaughtering of a sheep or goat and celebrate with large family gatherings.

If you're visiting Morocco, Tunisia or Egypt over New Year's Eve (on the 31st of December) there will be no problems finding a spot to welcome in the New Year with a toast and a handful of resolutions. Tour operators and hotels will all make sure you don't miss out. Saying hello to 2016 is especially fun in the desert.

New Year's in Ethiopia and Egypt

Of course, in Ethiopia or Egypt, the Coptic Christians celebrate the New Year in September and Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January. Ethiopia celebrated their millennium with huge festivities in September 2007. Egyptians and Ethiopians still get the 1st of January off though, so there will be parties at the big hotels and resorts.

Personally, I'll be celebrating at home with my family and I'll use this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year, or as they say in KiSwahili, Heri ya mwaka mpya.