December 29, 2004
"What's Hogmanay"? I asked in reply to an email sent to me at Folk Alley.
"Gasp! :-)," wrote Brian in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brian enlightened me:
"Hogmanay is the huge Scottish Celebration of New Year's eve - 31st December. Traditionally a time of "First Footing" (Visiting friends & Neighbours) in time for "The Bells" - (Midnight) taking with you various items - to ensure good fortune for the house in the coming year.
More recently though a lot of that is dying down & the tendency is for people to gather in various locations & celebrate publicly - Think New York & Times Square.
The Guys tend to dress up in Kilts & there will be a fair amount of bagpipers around - usually much drink (especially whisky) is consumed & general merriment ensues. On the stroke of midnight everybody sings "Auld Lang Syne" & greets total strangers as if they were long lost friends. Edinburgh does it big & has a huge street party in the town centre (Around 250,000 people - many from all over the world) with bands & fireworks from all the hills surrounding the town)."
Posted by at December 29, 2004 4:19 PM
How will you celebrate the New Year? Whatever you do, however you celebrate, all the best to you in 2005. Happy New Year!