Rent A Cottage In Scotland

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Scottish New Year

In Scotland, where New Years Eve is called Hogmanay, there is an old tradition called "first footing," in which the first person to enter a home after the new year determines what kind of year the residents will have. The first person over the doorstep after midnight should be a male with dark hair. The "first footer" often brings symbolic gifts like coal to keep the house warm or baked goods such as shortbread, oat cakes, and a fruit caked called black bun, to make sure the household always has food.

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