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Hogmanay

Kirkwall BallsFrom the Reformation in the 16th century to the second world war in the 20th Hogmanay reigned supreme over all the other holidays in the Scottish calendar. Children hung up their stockings on Hogmanay, families gathered and the whole community would join in celebrations that lasted for days.

Those days are now past but it remains the case that Scots retain a special affection for New Year's Eve and the traditions that go  with it.

From the north to the south of the country you'll find groups of revelers singing Auld Lang Syne or A Guid New Year tae Ane an Aa. Join us at the Scots Language Centre as we celebrate the end of the auld year and the start of the new. A Guid New Year tae ye's aa!