Midnight swim tradition celebrated in Lagos

Midnight swim tradition celebrated in Lagos

The beloved tradition of going for a midnight swim in the sea on August 29 will be celebrated once again in Lagos with three events.

The ‘Banho 29’ (Bath 29) tradition dates back to ancient times and rituals and marks the end of summer. It was believed by locals that taking a purifying sea bath on August 29 was equivalent to taking 29 baths, which helped ward off demons.

While centuries have passed, the midnight swim has remained a yearly tradition which is now celebrated with live music and entertainment.

This year, the August 29 swim will be preceded by Lagos Summer Fest – Youth Festival on August 26 and 27. The event is organised by (A) Garra – Lagos Youth Association with the support of the local council and will feature several performances.

On August 26, the “Fusion Lagos Sunset Color Party” will take place, with artists such as Miguel Azevedo, Dupla Mete Cá Sets, Dagô & Tuneado, and DJ TobyONE due to perform. Meanwhile on August 27, under the theme “City at Night,” artists like Pete tha Zouk, DJ Hericson, and DJ Just will provide the musical entertainment.

On August 29, the festivities will begin with a historical reenactment by the Lagos Studies Centre (Centro de Estudos de Lagos) along Avenida dos Descobrimentos and at Praia da Batata in the morning. This reenactment will recall the times when people from rural villages would gather with food and drink for the renowned bath.

At 6pm, the celebration will continue between Cais da Solaria and Jardim da Constituição. Aside from the music and dance performances, this edition will feature two traditional swimwear contests: one focused on “Tradition and Community” (participation rules can be found online with registrations open until August 29) and another in the category of “Fashion and Innovation” (participation rules can be found online with registrations open until August 20). Both contests will represent a new addition to the event, dedicated to fashion designers and stylists. Both contests offer monetary prizes for the top three winners.

Before the iconic nighttime bath, the highlight of the day will be a concert by popular Portuguese singer Toy, followed by a set by DJ Rhythm.

The “Banho 29” celebrations will also take place at Praia da Luz, an event organized by Clube Recreativo, Cultural e Desportivo Luzense with the support of the municipality. The village will also have live music spread across three stages. The program will be announced very soon.

All events are free to attend.

By Michael Bruxo

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