Traditionally known as Hogmanay, the Scots take their New Year celebrations very seriously.  

In fact, it’s deemed far more important than Christmas day itself.  Check out www.edinburghshogmanay.org.uk where you can still buy tickets for celebrations stretching over 4 days!  You’ll have the chance to party away till the early hours, watch a spectacular firework display and even revel in a carnival. 

Some historians believe Scots inherited the Hogmanay celebrations from the Vikings and there are many theories as to where the word, ‘Hogmanay’ actually came from. It’s quite possible the word derives from Scandinavian or Flemish words, it can also be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon, Haleg monath, Holy Month, or the Gaelic, oge maidne, new morning. But the most likely source seems to be the French. “Homme est né” or “Man is born” while in France the last day of the year when gifts were exchanged was “aguillaneuf” while in Normandy presents given at that time were “hoguignetes”.  

Wherever it derived from, it’ a great time of year and good excuse for a break to Scotland, be it Edinburgh or wherever. Take a look at www.visitscotland.com for more info about Scotland and Hogmanay and also www.rampantscotland.com

Have a wonderful New Year whatever you decide to do and remember to drink sensibly!