As we get ready to bid a fond farewell to 2018, we want to take this opportunity to wish everyone LANG MAY YER LUM REEK!
(“May you never be without fuel for your fire!”)
Hogmanay, (AKA the Scottish New Year), is a time of celebration that includes fireworks and unique traditions. Here are some traditional Scottish activities that you can incorporate into your new year celebrations:
Auld Lang Syne
The traditional signing of Auld Lang Syne is an ever-important part of any Hogmanay. This familiar tune, featuring the words of Robert Burns, is all about bonds and friendship, and is a great kick-off to the new year.
Securing good luck for a household in the new year is all about the first-footing. The first foot to cross the threshold of a home after midnight on New Year’s Day is considered a person who will bring good fortune for the coming year.
Typically, the first-footer will bring gifts of a silver coin (considered good luck), bread, salt, coal, an evergreen, and an alcoholic beverage (usually whiskey). This combination of good luck gifts can be presented simply, or in a complicated fashion — it’s different in every household.
If you’re feeling energetic, you may consider playing a game of Ba’ on New Year’s Day. This traditional football game took place in the streets, between two large teams, but it’s great to play with family and friends. It’s a simple game that ends when the football reaches the goal of either team.
This tradition is focused on starting the new year in a clean house, with a clean fireplace. Redding is actually based on an ancient Mexican tradition, where people believed that the ashes of the last fire would predict your destiny for the next year.
The Scottish tradition of having a clean and polished fireplace means that you will start your new year fresh with good spirits. If you don’t have a fireplace, a clean house works too!
Whatever your holiday plans and celebrations include, everyone at the Fergus Scottish Festival wishes you a happy and healthy Hogmanay!