Hogmanay in Scotland stands out first and foremost as the Eve of Scotland’s greatest feast.
Although customs vary from location to location in Scotland., the tradition of Hogmanay remains unaltered – the exchanging of gifts on 31st December to bring in a happy and prosperous new year.
The origins of the word Hogmanay is very much disputed, but it is possible that it is derived from the French alliances – circa 1560. In 1604 the word Hogmanay was very much evidence.
Another plausible explanation comes from the French language which supplied many Lowland Scottish words.
“Hoog” – High or Great.
“Min” – Love or Affection.
“Dag” – A day.
Thus we have “Hoogmindag” – Hogmanay – Day of Great Love.
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