Scotland: New Year's Holiday

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2022 Date4 January 2022
Scotland: New Year's Holiday

Scotland: New Year's Holiday History

Scotland: New Year’s Holiday seeks to celebrate the last day of the year and the passing of the Winter Solstice. This day is celebrated with many traditions. These include the traditional song Auld Lane Syne, as well as the tradition called first footing. This tradition states that darker-haired males are to be the first ones to enter a home after midnight. Another tradition is the fire ceremony in Stonehaven where giant fireballs are swung around on long metal poles.

Scotland: New Year’s Holiday is believed to have been brought to Scotland by Vikings in the 8th and 9th centuries. It is observed annually on 1 January.

Scotland: New Year's Holiday Facts

  • Scotland's 2020 New Year celebrations included the use of sophisticated AI drone software. The drone-show pioneers Celestial used their drones to reach altitudes up to 150m. At speeds up to 25mph, the drones formed images and depictions across the night sky.
  • The Hogmanay Street Party in Edinburgh, Scotland was the only festival to appear in the Discovery Channel's Top 25 World Travel Experiences in 2020.
  • It is believed that the tradition of Hogmanay originated in the 8th and 9th century from invading Vikings arriving in Scotland. It's said that the Vikings paid close attention to the arrival of the Winter Solstice and observed its passing with many celebrations.

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