Do you want to start the New Year with a bang? Would you like to hop on a plane where you can visit a world-class country? Then put a trip Scotland on New Year’s celebration list.
Why is Scotland the place to welcome in the New Year?
To start, Hogmanay is Scotland’s New Year celebration. It’s the biggest holiday of the winter season.
When winter is the coldest and darkest time of the year, the Scots’ make it the boisterous time of the year. The whole country takes two days off, and every town and city have its own Hogmanay celebration. It usually includes:
Fine food with a splash or three of whiskey
Edinburgh’s New Year fireworks are one of the biggest displays in the world.
While some villages, such as Comrie and Stonehaven have spectacular fire festivals.
Another reason to welcome the New Year in Scotland is to sing the illustrious song in its homeland. It’s the nostalgic one that the world sings to welcome the New Year. We have the Scots to thank for the creation of the beloved New Year’s song Auld Lang. In 1788, Robert Burns wrote the poem from an ancient song which he was the first to record it on paper.
The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake,’ and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.
If you welcome the New Year in Scotland, you will have an opportunity to join in the much-loved Scottish tradition to sing the song just before midnight.
Visit visitscotland for details on Hogmanay and New Years Celebrations around Scotland.