For most of the world, the last day of the year is named New Year’s Eve but in Scotland the celebration is called Hogmanay. Its origins began in the winter solstice that the Vikings celebrated on the last day of the year. The word ‘Hogmanay’ also has possible French origins from the world hoguinané meaning a gift given at New Year.
In the past, Christmas was not celebrated in Scotland, and Hogmanay was the most important celebration in the country. In fact, Christmas Day didn’t become a public holiday in Scotland until 1958 and Hogmanay became Scotland’s most important celebration. Hogmanay lasts longer than traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations as it runs from 31st December all the way through to 2 January which is a Scottish public holiday.
Hogmanay has a number of customs associated with it and the most well-known is first-footing. The practice, which involves the first person to step into a household from the outside after the clock strikes midnight, is supposed to bring luck to the inhabitants. The custom requires that the chosen ‘first-footer’ brings items into the house that represent goals for the new year ahead including coins for wealth, or a drink to represent happiness and good cheer. You can be sure to find a lot of Hogmanay celebrations all over Scotland with firework displays, live music and great food.
Stirling Midnight Fireworks
Stirling in Central Scotland is known for its historic castle, the William Wallace monument and many a great Hogmanay celebration! Experience the arrival of the New Year in the grounds of Stirling Castle with a large range of cuisine and an array of bright and beautiful fireworks at midnight. The Ridge is the perfect place to stay in Stirling if you are planning on attending the Hogmanay event.
The Scottish Baronial mansion is situated on the same hill that the castle is situated on, so when you are tired from an evening of Hogmanay fun, it’s only a short walk back home. The Stirling Midnight Fireworks event starts at 10.45 pm on 31 December 2019 and tickets are £12.50 each.
Family Hogmanay in Aberdeen
If you are looking for a high-class event that you won’t forget, Mercure Ardoe House Hotel Spa in Aberdeen is holding a ‘Family Hogmanay’ event that everyone can enjoy. There will be a large buffet and plenty of entertainment before welcoming in the new year with a fireworks extravaganza. The event starts at 7 pm and is £85 per ticket.
If you want to join in with the celebrations in the city but retreat to the quiet and comfort of a Unique Cottages for the rest of your trip, Seaview Cottage is located in Banff, Aberdeenshire, and is the perfect holiday home. Celebrate New Year’s Day with a walk on the beach as this beautiful cottage is only 5 minutes’ walk from Banff’s wonderful sandy beach!
Red Hot Highland Fling in Inverness
This exciting event was first staged in 2008 and has been a crowd favourite ever since! The Red Hot Highland Fling attracts 10,000 spectators each year and it is not hard to see why. The family-friendly event has a wide range of food to choose from, fireworks and a big ‘Auld Lang Syne’ singalong. Better still, the event is free to attend and is hosted by comedian Craig Hill featuring numerous exciting acts such as the Trad Project, Blazin’ Fiddles and Tidelines.
Strone House is only a 30 minute drive from Inverness and is located on the west shore of Loch Ness. Combine the excitement of the Red Hot Highland Fling and a peaceful stay in Strone House to create the perfect Hogmanay trip away. What a way to ring in the New Year!
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