Hogmanay takes place in Scotland and has amazing traditions, not at all like the traditional New Year’s Eve celebration! This is a truly fiery holiday, which is remembered for a long time. Would you like to take part in it?
The exact origin of the holiday is unknown, perhaps the Scandinavian conquerors contributed to this. Scientists believe that Hogmanay could be celebrated before the spread of Christianity, and its original reason lies in the celebration of the winter solstice. Surprisingly, even before the last century, special celebrations did not take place in the country, unlike other states. And relatively recently, the old tradition was revived and rallied the people.
Many unwritten laws are observed today. For example, be sure to have a good mood! Positive is the key to happiness for the whole next year. People are friendly and courteous, there is a friendly atmosphere around. In the morning, residents do a lot of house cleaning, in the evening they rush to the New Year’s show – colorful lights are shining around, concert programs are thundering, bonfires are blazing, songs are being sung, whiskey is flowing like a river.
Families with a fireplace must clean and kindle it. But the ashes are not in a hurry to throw away: you can guess on it just like on coffee grounds! Local residents assure that everything they see always comes true. After cleaning the house, they lit a juniper twig and filled the dwelling with its aroma.
How to celebrate
The best things to do in Hogmanay:
- visit Scotland – tourists share that they have never celebrated the New Year in such a manner, getting to know the traditions of other countries is fascinating.
- if there is no possibility of travel, see how the holiday goes – there are a lot of videos from events on the Internet;
- you don’t have to be Scottish to celebrate the date. Tell your friends about it and invite them to celebrate in a similar style.
Finally, have fun, because this is the most important thing today!
When is Hogmanay celebrated in 2022?
Hogmanay is observed on December 31 each year.