December 31, 2006

Happy Hogmanay!

The more traditional way to bring in the New Year is to attend a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee). This is a night of dancing, drinking and merry-making and practically every small village up and down the country will have a ceilidh...not all as formal as this one though! The origins of the word Hogmanay are lost in the depths of time, and there is no agreement as to what language it comes from, some suggest Norman or Old French, Flemish or Gaelic. No matter! However you plan to see in the New Year, have a graet time...and remember, when you're singing Auld Lang Syne, the most famous song in the world, think of this wee corner of the world and try not to bring in Ne'erday with a hangover!

11 comments:

Olivier said...

Bonne année, bonne santé
"Le temps passe, les années filent. Quand une nouvelle année commence, on se demande toujours si elle apportera la paix et le bonheur à chacun... Fermez les yeux et faites un voeu !"

Good year, good health
time passes, the years slip by. When a new year starts, one always wonders if it will bring peace and happiness to each one… Close the eyes and make a wish!

Li said...

That's interesting. It's always nice to learn how others celebrate the new year.

dutchie said...

Hey Grant,

Hope you have good night tonight and a truly Happy New Year!

Kate said...

Well, a hogmanay seems to be a perfect way to end the old and to bring in the new year. Happy New Year to you!

Sally said...

Hope you have a great 2007, Grant, and what are you taking First Footing????

ava said...

You'll be amused to hear that auld lang syne was featured as today's Rban Word of the Day at Urban Dictionary.

Libbys Blog said...

I believe that Scotland is the place to be for 'Hogmanay'. So you should have told all friends, relatives, work colleagues and ancestors not to have such a grand time, that would have stopped the 'tourists'!
Hope you have a good one!!

Lisi said...

Greetings from Hong Kong and Happy New Year!

Louz said...

Looked through your series of posts on Hogmanay and found it very interesting, text and photos. I have to admit to some envy. Edinburgh has such a varied and lively New Years compared to most places.

Sally said...

Lang may yere lum reek wi ither fowks coal!

Grant F said...

Sally - am well impressed! Hope you all had a fab new year...mine was wet, but fun...blame the german weather! Next year, i might try and go somewhere hot!