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Christmas

a yearly festival in memory of the birth of Christ.

- Pharos English Dictionary for South African Schools

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Christmas comes but once a year - Let us be merry and celebrate as not every day is a festive occasion (also used to defend enthusiastic celebrations of Christmas, on the basis that Christmas only happens once a year.)

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South Africanisms:

The Western Cape also has an unofficial public holiday on 2 January. This is referred to by the Afrikaans term Tweede Nuwe Jaar, Second New Year. On this day, there is usually a parade of the minstrels. Participants are typically from Afrikaans-speaking Cape Malay Cape Coloured families who have preserved the custom which has its genesis in the Cape Colonial slave days. During the 19th century, the New Year was the biggest annual feast celebrated by the Dutch. Their slaves would then get a day off on 2 January to celebrate in their own manner. This was the only official holiday for the slaves, and they celebrated it by mocking their masters. The event has become known as 'The Cape Town Carnival'. There are, however, many of the locals (including participants in the event) who still refer to it by its original name.

- Pharos Say again? The other side of South African English

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