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Hogmany Traditional Celebrations192 weeks ago
Historians believe that we inherited the celebration from the vikings who coming from even further north than ourselves paid even more attention to the passing of the shortest day in Shetland where the viking influence was strongest New Year is called Yules from the sandinavian word

It may not be widely known but CHRISTMAS was not celebrated as a festival and vurtually banned in Scotland for around 400 years from the end of the 17th century to the 1950s The reason for this has its roots in the Protestant Reformation when the Kirk portrayed Christmas as a popish or catholic feast and therefore had to be banned Many scots had to work over christmas and their winter solstice holiday was therefore at New Year when family and friends gathered for a party and exchanged presents especially for the children which came to be Hogmany.

There are traditions before midnight such as cleaning the house on the 31st of December( including taking out the ashes from the fire in the days when coal fires where common). There is also the superstition to clear all your debts before the bells at midnight

Immediatlely after midnight it is traditional to sing Robert burns For Auld lang Syne Burns claimed it was based on an early fragment and certainlythe tune was print over 80 years before he published his version in 1788.
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