Hogmanay (A' Challuinn en gaélique Scottish) est le mot écossais désignant le dernier jour de l’année et il est synonyme de célébration du Nouvel An dans la tradition écossaise. Sa date officielle est le 31 December. Cependant, cette date n’est que le début d’une fête qui dure toute la nuit jusqu’au matin du 1er January ou souvent du 2 janvier qui est un jour férié.


Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year

Hogmanay's roots may trace back to pagan winter solstice celebrations among the Norse, incorporating the customs of the Gaelic New Year's celebration, samhain. In Europe, they had become the Saturnalia, a Roman winter festive event: people celebrated them completely free and without complexes. The Vikings celebrated Yule, which later contributed to the Twelve Days of Christmas, or Daft Days (« jours stupides ») comme ils étaient parfois appelés en Scotland.

The most common national custom is the practice of first-footing, taking place immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to walk through a friend or neighbour's doorstep, and often involves the giving of a token gift such as salt (less common these days), charcoal, shortbread, whisky, or a black bun (a rich cake with fruit).

This gift aims to bring different kinds of luck to the owner of the house. Food and drink, like gifts, are then given to the guests. This may take place until the wee hours of the morning and take up some part of the following day; the current trend sees people visiting homes until the . the first-foot is supposed to bring good luck for the rest of the year

Many other local coastal and Highland traditions make this festival very diverse across Scotland.

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