Sunday, 1 January 2012

Ne'er Day Party

Last night's Hogmanay fireworks over Edinburgh Castle

Lucille Ball in 1948

1958 Conde Nast Vogue

Linda Evangelista in Christian Lacroix

Just after midnight on Hogmanay, it is traditional in Scotland to have a tall, dark handsome man be the first caller to your home in the New Year and present you with a piece coal for the fire and 'Black Bun' to eat. This will ensure a warm and well fed home for the next 12 months. After this 'first foot', the real festivities begin with singing, drinking, singing, dancing and well wishing to the wee small hours. Tartan is ideal for the party frock as seen above. Happy New Year and lang may yer lum reek.

After New York City, Edinburgh's street party is the most famous and well attended venue to say farewell to the auld year and welcome in the new. We are very near Edinburgh and can easily attend or watch the sensational firework display across the River Forth.

The Scottish tradition of New Year began in the 8th or 9th century and is believed to have been brought down to us from the Vikings. Historically, Christmas was banned in Scotland for 400 years from the 17th Century until 1950's. New Year was a popular time to marry in Scotland as it was the only national holiday of the year celebrating the winter solstice.

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