Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hogmanay In Scotland - The Four Day "Pagan" New Year's Celebration

In Scotland there is a four to five day festival around New Year's that is Viking and Pagan in origin.  Known as Hogmanay it is described in this article in About.com:

"Besides concerts, street parties, fireworks and more earthbound fire spectaculars, as well as consumption of one of Scotland's most famous products, Scotch whisky, there are a number of very ancient traditions associated with Hogmanay in Scotland. Some say these traditions are dying out in favor of public celebrations, but they can still be found in smaller communities and private celebrations:"...(Cont.)...