New Year’s In Scotland
ONE OF THE HOTTEST SPOTS FOR WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR IS SCOTLAND WHERE SUCH CELEBRATIONS GO BACK TO ANCIENT TIMES.
Known as Hogmanay, Scotland’s unique festivities are thought to have their roots in the pre-Christian era. Accompanying the celebrations, which include colorful parades, are street concerts, fire dancing and fireworks displays. Replete with bagpipes and traditional kilts, the Scottish New Year begins the night of December 31 and lasts well into the morning of January 1. Hogmanay is celebrated all over the country, but the most spectacular festivities are in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Going to Scotland this year for an extraordinary new year experience could be a very good idea.
WHAT IS THIS HOGMANAY?
Nothing is known for sure about the origin of the word Hogmanay. As travel writer Christopher Kliks points out, the word is derived either from ‘oge maidne’, which is Gaelic for new morning, or from Haleg Moneth, the old Anglo-Saxon for holy month. There are also those who believe that the word comes from French or Flemish. One thing is certain, namely, that Hogmanay celebrations go all the way back to the Scots’ Viking roots.