On the 31st December, men in costumes and scary masks wander about the village to chase and capture any children or ladies outdoors. The fishing gong is sounded to ring in the New Year.

Event News

Old Year's Night 2018

Photos from Dawn & Robin Repetto and Shirley Squibb

On Old Year's Night, the traditional Okalolies (names and spellings vary) roamed the village looking to do mischief. Wo betide any children or women they encounter!

The Okalolies posing for a group photo
The Okalolies posing for a group photo
Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes
Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes
Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes
A caught child about to be marmalised! But not all the children were frightened
A caught child about to be marmalised! But not all the children were frightened

A truce held sway when the Okalolies visited the Administrator's Old Year's Night reception, where they greeted the Admin's wife with flowers. They then moved on to the reception held by the Acting Chief Islander, Emma Swain.

Sean and Marina Burns at their Administrator's reception. Greeting Marina with flowers
Sean and Marina Burns at their Administrator's reception. Greeting Marina with flowers
Can you say too much with flowers? Catering team at the Admin's reception
Can you say too much with flowers? Catering team at the Admin's reception
Listening to the Admin's Old Year's Night speech
Listening to the Admin's Old Year's Night speech
Refuelling and… …having a well deserved rest
Refuelling and… …having a well deserved rest
On to the Acting Chief Islander's reception… …hosted by Emma Swain
On to the Acting Chief Islander's reception… …hosted by Emma Swain

After the receptions, everyone disperse to their own parties and braais, with a break at midnight when people gather round the fishing gong. It was struck at midnight to ring the New Year in, and then the partying continued.

Time to party. Whats on the braai? Striking the fishing gong to ring the New Year in
Time to party. Whats on the braai? Striking the fishing gong to ring the New Year in
Gathering by the Gong at midnight Gathering by the Gong at midnight
Gathering by the Gong at midnight