HOGMANAY AT CASTLE CLUGGY
Added on 30 December 2022
HOGMANAY is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year in the Scottish manner. The origins of Hogmanay are unclear, but it may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances. The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. The first-foot, the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour giving a symbolic gift of coal, is supposed to bring luck to the householder for the rest of the year. Traditionally, tall, dark-haired men are preferred as the first-foot.