Friday, December 31, 2010

Coal Or Firewood Braai Is Essential To Her South African New Year's Eve


F.C. Puchert helps with the braai -- By Mariechen Puchert

By Mariechen Puchert
Senior Reporter
Youth Journalism International

EAST LONDON, South Africa – Greetings from a rainy East London, South Africa!

Quite to our disappointment, it has been raining in our little town for the past few days and today that has picked up a notch.
  
While many of my friends have already headed back to larger cities to celebrate 2011 there, in my family, New Year's Eve has always been distinctly for those close to our hearts. This year we are spending it with some close family friends, as much of our family are not currently in town.

Mariechen Puchert, photo by F.C. Puchert

F.C. Puchert

As befits any good South African, come rain or shine, we had a “braai,” which is very similar to the USA’s barbeque, although a “braai” always uses coal or firewood.

While New Year’s Eve for us usually entails eating and socializing underneath the  open skies, on the beach or in the pool, the current weather means that we have to occupy ourselves inside.

The game of the night has been pool, which has been rather fun as it is the first time I am learning to play it.


Gonubie beach, East London, South Africa, Dec. 27, 2010

Also due to the weather our dress-code is so different than usual.  Where we would usually be in our bathing suits, I had on my long jeans.

We are now mere minutes from the New Year and have just had an awesome New Year’s Eve supper.

In a few minutes we will be welcoming the new year with South African sparkling wine (like Champagne) and – despite the weather – will probably be deafened by the sound of fire crackers.




Geseënde Nuwe Jaar, or blessed new year, from South Africa!

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