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What Exactly Is Hogmanay, Scotland's Greatest Holiday?

You won't find a better party anywhere else in the world!

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Historically, Christmas was not observed as a festival and Hogmanay was the more traditional celebration in Scotland. It tended to be at New Year when family and friends gathered for a party and exchange presents, especially for the children!


The Guinness Book of World Records lists ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as one of the most frequently sung songs in English. The song is sung or played in many movies, from ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ to ‘When Harry Met Sally'.

At the beginning of the last verse, everyone crosses their arms across their breast, so that the right hand reaches out to the neighbour on the left and vice versa. When the tune ends, everyone rushes to the middle, while still holding hands.

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