Looking for a fun way to celebrate New Years? Take a cue from the characters from Disney/Pixtar’s Brave and bring the Scottish Highlands to your home with a traditional Hogmanay?
The most widespread national custom is the practice of ‘first-footing’ which starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as salt (less common today), coal, shortbread, whisky, and black bun (a rich fruit cake) intended to bring different kinds of luck to the householder. Food and drink (as the gifts) are then given to the guests. This may go on throughout the early hours of the morning and well into the next day (although modern days see people visiting houses well into the middle of January). The first-foot is supposed to set the luck for the rest of the year.
Cleaning up around the house, hanging good luck charms in doorways and singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ are just a few ways that Scots encourage good luck to come through their door on the last night of the year. See more ideas below and have a happy new year!