‘And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup! and surely I’ll be mine! And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.’
Here in Scotland, they do things a bit differently, today is not New Year’s Eve as most of the world celebrates it. It’s Hogmanay! This is the second year celebrating and it makes me wonder…….Why wan’t I born in Scotland? But just as well, we do have our Junkanoo rush-out celebrations back in The Bahamas, so I didn’t miss much in the department of FUN over the years.
Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar), and is normally followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year’s Day(1 January).
The largest celebration of Hogmanay takes place in Edinburgh, where it’s reported that 75,000 visitors are expected to travel to Scotland this year for the celebrations alone.
The origins of Hogmanay are unclear but may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances. Customs vary throughout Scotland, and usually includes gift-giving and visiting the homes of friends and neighbours, with special attention given to the first-foot, the first guest of the new year.
The old year is rolled out with one of my favourite seasonal songs.
©Etta D. Richards