"A guid New Year to ane an` a` and mony may ye see!"
While New Year's Eve is celebrated around the world, the Scots
have a long rich heritage associated with this event - and have their own name for it, Hogmanay. Edinburgh's Hogmanay is the most extravagant and bold New Year's Eve celebrations in Europe. The celebrations last four days altogether and include street theatre, music, dancing and fireworks.
The programme for this year's festival has not yet been announced but judging by the amazing celebrations we've enjoyed over the past few years 2009 will be just as exciting. We will be be detailing the programme here as soon as we receive it!
Our Packages 2011/12 Still being developed!
More about our New Year package (link to our main site)
Extras - add to your package to get the most out of your visit.
edinburghnewyear.com is a site dedicated to Hogmany and new year celebrations and is owned by Cashel Travel Ltd, a travel company with head offices in Edinburgh. See more about us on our main site here.
The simple answer is no one knows! There are many theories about the derivation of the word - theories range from Old Gaelic, Anglo-Saxon, Old French or Flemish or Scandinavian so take your pick.
Immediately after midnight it is traditional to sing Robert Burns' "For Auld Lang Syne". Burns claimed it was based on an earlier fragment and certainly the tune was in print over 80 years before he published his version in 1788.
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o kindness yet, for auld lang syne."