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Hogmany. Hogmanay Scottish Celebration. Lachlan. hogmanay. Hogmanay. Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year. The name Hogmanay may have come from Gaelic or Norman-French language. Hogmanay .

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Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year. The name Hogmanay may have come from Gaelic or Norman-French language. Hogmanay

it s an important celebration to wish good luck for the new year and to say good by to the old year
It’s an important celebration to wish good luck for the new year, and to say good by to the old year.
first footing
First FOOTING

‘First Footing’, the ‘first footing’ in the house after midnight, is still very common in Scotland. To ensure good luck. A first footer should be a dark-haired man. Fair haired first footers were not particularly welcome after the Viking invasion of ancient times.

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Big city’s like Edinburgh have big street parties!! Men from the town walk up the high street swinging fire balls. The fire balls are made out of chicken wire, newspapers, cloth, and other flammable things. This is how it works - the newspaper goes inside the chicken wire, then tie the cloth around it and you have your FIRE BALL!

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The traditional dress in Scotland is the Kilt. Scottish people wear these uniforms on special occasions such as Hogmanay. The black bag on the Scotsman in the photo below is called a sporran. This is a traditional part of the male Scottish Highland dress. It is a pouch that you can put things in because the Scottish kilt has no pockets.

entertaining during hogmanay
Entertaining during Hogmanay

Food and drink are an important part of Hogmanay. It is traditional to take food if you are a guest to bring good luck to the household. In Glasgow the tradition is to hold parties that involve singing, dancing, eating of steak pie or stew, storytelling and drink.

Scottish folk dancing is known as “Ceilidh” (pronounced Kay-lee) dancing and this may be performed on New Years eve.

“Auld Lang Syne” is the song from the poem by Robert Burns and is now sung throughout the world at midnight as friends link arms and dance around.

Friends and family give each other a kiss at midnight as part of the celebration.

bibliography
Bibliography
  • wwwedinburghshogmanay.org
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/hogmanay
  • Horrible Histories, Edinburgh, by Terry Deary
  • The Lonely Planet, Britain, various authors.