Hogmanay, 31 December Scotland celebrates Hogmanay, the New Year, with the music of bagpips, Scotland’s traditional instrument, and dancing in the street throught the night.
How do Scottish people celebrate Hogmanay? At midnight, there’refireworks and everyone sings ‘Auld LangSyne’, a song by Robert Burns, a famous Scottish poet. Soon after midnight, Scottish families go ‘first footing’, visiting the houses of friends andrelations to continue the celebrations.
What does the word‘Hogmanay’ mean? The etymology of the word Hogmanay isnt absolutely clear. Probably, it occurs from Gaelic «oge maidne» that means «new morning». Other historicans consider that the holiday name — an Anglo-Saxon origin and was initially written as «Haleg Moneth» — «sacred month».
What about vikings? Whatever was the truth, it is obvious that Hogmanay — very ancient holiday which was noted still by the pagans who were providentlyworshipping among winter to fire and the sun. Also it is connected with aholiday of a solstice which existed at Vikings.
It is said that bagpipe is the national Scottish instrument.Actually, it was invented in ancient Central Asia…