Some celebrations are really special, and Hogmanay celebrated in Edinburgh is one of those celebrations indeed. This incredible string of light is something spectacular to see, and ordinary people can be a part of it for a small fee.
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. A wealth of fun and partying goes on during this special time that turns a New Years celebration into something much bigger. A traditional piper pipes in the New Year with a lone tune in the lead up to the clocks striking midnight, and then the party really kicks off with everyone hugging each other, and wishing each other a Happy New Year, linking arms and singing Old Lang Syne. Traditionally the gift he carries should be a piece of coal or black bun, but these days that part is often left out, but the guest is still plied with food and drink as in the old ways of tradition. Feet First is a new and innovative event that will be taking place here, continuing the traditions of outdoor entertainment in this area, Feet First will weave music, song, theatre, light and sound together into a celebration of the start of the year.
First footing is a wonderful Scottish tradition, to help bring luck to a household it is said that a tall dark haired man bearing gifts should be the first to cross the threshold of any home in the New Year. If youve never stayed in Edinburgh during this festive season then youll be in for a very big treat assuming you enjoy a good party that is!
Various events from street theatre to street parties take place over Hogmanay, but the main event of the season is of course the New Years Eve celebrations. On New Years Eve, the city centre comes to life and a Street Party Pass can be bought which will allow you to be a part of various different events across the centre. Featuring over 120 performers its expected to attract up to 10,000 people and will be one of the largest celebrations of new Scottish work in 2009. Its best to get your ticket in advance though as there are only a limited number of torches available and of course many more people want to take part than can carry torches.
The Celebrations begin with a huge parade through the streets of Edinburgh city centre with all the participants carrying torches of fire. Everyone joins in, and drinks flow and lots of food is eaten including some traditional fayre such as black bun.
For anyone who isnt all partied out, the 1st of January sees the continuation of the celebrations, and this year in Edinburgh the Royal Mile is the place to be