I’m Scottish……… is that enough said or do you want more details?
Hogmanay was the biggest holiday in the calendar in Scotland. People worked through Christmas Day but always had a half day off for Hogmanay. Like most Scottish traditions it revolves around food and drink.
The house has to be cleaned from top to bottom to welcome in the New Year. All the laundry is done. No dirty dishes. No unfinished jobs. Well in my house that was the rules but I think my parents just liked having a perfect house for one night. We have a very large family.
Haggis, neaps and tattles.
Whiskey, single malt for good friends, blended for acquaintances.
Maybe a spot of water but no other mixers allowed.
First footing. The first person to cross your home’s threshold must be tall, dark, male and carrying a lump of coal
Families go from house to house greeting friends and neighbours and have a dram in each. Needless to say there is some epic hangovers.
Shooting the Old Year. Firing a rifle outside as the bells chime.
Music and songs. Everyone knows auld Lang Syne. There’s usually a piper who pipes in the New Year. 8some reel. Gay Gordon’s. Strip the willow (don’t ask). Dashing white Sargent. Slip Reel
All fun and games. Sadly it is a dying tradition now as we don’t live in close knit communities anymore and neighbours are strangers. Large ticket parties in city centres are the thing now. But there is always someone who keeps the traditions alive.