Happy New year eve in Scotland
The idea of coming to spend New Year’s Eve in Scotland does not necessarily come immediately to mind, we will agree. Yet this country celebrates the New Year with a lot of passion and yet nothing of mystery.
In Scotland, the New Year’s Eve night of December 31st is identified as HOGMANAY, a festival whose origins date back to the Viking era to celebrate the winter solstice.
Strongly marked by ancient pagan rituals, HOGMANAY – whose semantic origin is still difficult to find – was for a long time forbidden by the Presbyterian Church because of its popular origins.
BRIGHT, WEIRD, WILD AND SPECTACULAR!
While the events marking the end of the year festivities tend to resemble each other – since they are still heavily dominated by fireworks, concerts and musical parades – some localities have preserved staggered specificities, sometimes weir
In this Highland capital, Inverness’ s Red Hot Highland Fling is celebrated in a large park in the north of the city, near the banks of the River Ness. Fireworks are fired early so that the children can enjoy the show before returning to their homes, while other activities take place in different parts of the city. At midnight, we sing the famous song Auld Lang Syne (a traditional Scottish tune – known to the French under the name of This is only a goodbye my brother). With the bagpipe in the background, the family and friends around, it really brings tears …
In Biggar, in the south of Lanarkshire County, locals finish stacking a huge pile of wood – well in plain view – before setting it on fire. A joke always intended to drive out evil spirits and known as Bonfires, a pagan and wild nothing you are told.
These parades and processions illuminated with torches and fireballs (Fireballs Parade) are found at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, a powerful moment to restart a “virgin” year. It is indeed necessary to ward off evil spirits by fire and ashes; it is also symbolically a chimney sweep driving the parades and processions of pipe-bands.