Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the Epic New Year’s Eve Festival

“Aye there, my good lad. Are you ready for a story that will make you glad?

This is the tale of Hogmanay, the Scottish Festival of New Year’s Day.

Let this party begin as we put on our kilts.

Let the bagpipes be heard since we came here to stay.

This is the tale of Hogmanay, go and pop that Chardonnay!”

The Fireworks at Hogmanay 2014

The Fireworks at Hogmanay 2014

The Rain of Fire, Hogmanay 2015

The Rain of Fire, Hogmanay 2014

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014: An epic tale of Vikings, Fireworks and Kilts

“Our story begins in Edinburgh, land where legends are born.

It’s a special place to drink beer and maybe plant some corn.

But my friend beware, for in Edinburgh Vikings roam.

They smell of old wear and in their mouths there’s foam.”

Edinburgh, the place where legends come true

Edinburgh, the place where legends come true

All this Whisky just for me?

All this Whisky just for me?

“The Vikings carried torches, of that I am sure.

They screamed and they shouted, they knew how to endure.

At the end of the march, the sky was on fire.

Shades of white and blue symbolized desire.

It was the 30th of December and Hogmanay began.

With the torchlight procession and fireworks of man.”

The Torch Procession

The Torch Procession

Fireworks of December 30th

Fireworks of December 30th

“Whisky is the water of life and its taste it’s quite rife.

They say it’s best enjoyed without your dear wife.

A few bottles we drank as the sun said goodbye.

2015 was upon us, time sure knows how to fly.”

Last sunset of 2014 at Edinburgh

Last sunset of 2014 at Edinburgh

The concerts at Hogmanay

The concerts at Hogmanay. December 31st.

“It was the night of the 31th and the countdown had started.

I was dancing in my kilt when my heart just halted.

The wind blew my garment as the crowd kept on watching.

“He’s a true Scotman”, the ladies kept shouting…

There are many things that happened in that cold December night.

But I shall not forget Hogmanay with all of my great might.

Long live Scotland, long live the Kilts…

Next time I’m there, I’m wearing some stilts.”

-An ode to Hogmanay, Raphael Alexander Zoren 2015

Hogmanay 2015, Scotland's New Years Day Festival

Hogmanay 2015, Scotland’s New Years Day Festival

The Sky is on Fire, Hogmanay 2015

The Sky is on Fire, Hogmanay 2015

Practical information about Edinburgh and Hogmanay

This is it folks, hope you had enjoyed my prose narrative for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the craziest festival for New Year’s Eve in Europe and the World.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay takes place every year from the 30th of December to the 1st of January and it is a series of events that lead up to the fireworks at the midnight of the 31st.

Of course, the fun doesn’t ends there since the 1st of January you have many activities such as the Loony Dook (basically, taking a cold dip in the river Forth to celebrate that you survived last year) and Scots Lands (cultural events around Edinburgh to showcase the Scottish heritage such as the Ceilidh Dances).

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Ceilidh dance Dancing at Hogmanay

Ceilidh dance Dancing at Hogmanay

Would you like to attend Hogmanay this year? I sure you hope you do, it’s totally RAD! You’ll love it, yo!

Disclaimer: #blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported by ETAG, EventScotland, VisitScotland, Homecoming Scotland and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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12 Responses

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    That sounds like quite an event. It looks like a lot of people came out to celebrate. The fireworks look amazing.

  2. Brenda

    Looks like a great festival, fantastic pictures and fun prose. Loved your first breakfast of the year.

  3. Krystal

    Beautiful geography, parties, concerts, and plenty of great liquor? Sounds like a great celebration to me!

  4. Dina

    I’d love to visit Scotland to ring in the new year. That looks like an amazing festival to see! Your pics are great!

  5. Jeanine

    This sounds like a really great festival! This looks like fun, and the photos if fireworks are really beautiful!

  6. Nichole

    That all seems so amazing. (And the photos are beautiful!!) What a wonderful adventure and memories!

  7. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Looks like an amazing celebration. I love all the fireworks, great pictures!

  8. Kelly Hutchinson

    My grandfather was born in Ireland and I have always wanted to visit there. I have also had a dream to visit Scotland and this festival looks tremendous.

  9. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I can’t get over how amazing your photos are. Those fireworks, wow. I’ve never been to Europe but I’d love to one day especially for New Years celebration.

  10. SARA-Jayne

    I have Scottish friends and they are always so excited about this! I would love to travel up there one year for it…but it’s always SO cold!

  11. Jess

    *applauds wildly*

    Hogmanay is at the top of my travel wishlist – moreso now as I keep hearing about it from my Scottish friends. It looks so fun!