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Have a Happy Hogmanay!

What’s Hogmanay? Well…watch this video and see. And have a happy one!

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Have a Happy Hogmanay!

Hogmanay (hog-ma-nay) is the Scottish celebration of New Year’s Eve. Or at least that’s the short definition. In places like Edinburgh and Glasgow it’s a huge party. Depending upon where you live, this party can last until 2 January.

All sorts of traditions go along with the celebration of Hogmanay, and differ from town to town. One widespread tradition is called, “First-Footing.” The first person to cross your threshold in the new year sets your luck for the year. The preferred first-footer is a tall dark-haired man bearing a gift of salt, coal, shortbread/black bun, whiskey, or a silver coin. Each gift denotes a different kind of prosperity for the new year. For further information on Hogmanay, see the links at the bottom of the page.

Peter Irvine describes Edinburgh’s Hogmanay in a video here.

Hogmanay Song – Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre:

Further information about Hogmanay:
* Hogmanay.net FAQ
* Scottish Hogmanay Customs
* Wikipedia – Hogmanay

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This season is full of different holidays that folks celebrate. There are so many, in fact, that it’s difficult to keep track of them. (Or…maybe that’s just me.) In any case, as a public service I offer you a listing of where we stand in the holiday season

* Eid al-Adha was celebrated this year from 8 December to 11 December. Next year, this Muslim festival will fall in November.

* Saturnalia is an ancient Roman celebration that falls on 17 December.

* Yalda is a Persian holiday celebrated on 21 December.

* The Winter Solstice was on 21 December. You can watch it happen at Newgrange here. (requires Windows Media player.)

* Festivus is celebrated on 23 December.

* Christmas (25 December) is over. I hope that those of you who celebrate it had a great one.

* Yule occurs on 25 December, but may include celebrations that occur on the Solstice or other nearby days.

* Boxing Day was on 26 December. Did you find any good sales?

* St. Stephen’s Day is either on 26 December (for the Western church) or 27 December (for the Eastern Church.)

* Hanukkah began at sundown on 21 December and ends at sunset on 29 December.

* Kwanzaa runs from 26 December to 1 January.

* Hogmanay begins on 31 December, but these days it can last a couple of extra days…

* New Year’s Day is always on 1 January.

* Twelfth Night falls on either 5 January (the night before Epiphany) or 6 January (Epiphany) depending upon whom you ask.

* Sankranti falls on 14 January and is celebrated a bit differently depending upon where you live.

Did I miss a holiday? Please let me know, and have an fabulous holiday season.

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