First things first:
I hope you all had a wonderful festive time enjoying treats with your loved ones. The day passed for me in a whirl of family, food and winning the annual Chrimbo game of Trivial Pursuit (yay!). Then suddenly we find ourselves in this limbo period between Christmas and New Year – trying to eek out the last few hours of Christmas spirit but already thinking ahead to what the new year will bring.
In the past I have had the pleasure of seeing in the new year from Sydney, Melbourne, Thailand and at home in London. If truth be told I am not normally a huge fan of New Year’s Eve (too many reflections and high expectations) but I have found that going away and doing something completely different seems to be the antidote.
This year I am so excited to be celebrating New Year in a new way – a Scottish way – by attending Edinburgh’s Hogmanay!
Hogmanay is an age old Scottish tradition of celebrating the start of the new year with festivities, rituals and singing of the now notorious song of Auld Lang Syne. Hogmanay rituals vary throughout the Scottish regions; there is fireball swinging in Aberdeenshire and the baking of cakes in St Andrews. I am going to be celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh where the festivities involve a torchlight procession of 35,000 people who will ascend Calton Hill on the 30th December and a world famous street party and fireworks on the 31st.
What is Blogmanay?
I will be reporting live from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations in a project the creators have cleverly named Blogmanay! From my arrival in Edinburgh on the 29th December I’ll be keeping you abreast of the Blogmanay happenings, from whiskey tasting to show stopping fireworks. In between the Blogmanay events I’ll be taking the opportunity to wander around the historic streets of Edinburgh for the very first time. If you know any cool cafes, uniques boutiques or where to get the best hangover brunch in the city please let me know in the comments below.
If you are attending Hogmanay or visiting Scotland sometime soon you may want to join us in the Blogmanay special #ScotlandHour twitter chat taking place on the 29th December at 9pm. Locals and bloggers will be coming together to share their tips on must try foods and must do traditions. Find more details and a full list of questions here.
As always you can find my updates live on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with posts on the blog arriving in the next few days. Find out what everyone else thinks by searching for the #Blogmanay hashtag on social media. You can also find more information on the official Edinburgh’s Hogmanay website.
#Blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported by ETAG, EventScotland, Homecoming Scotland, VisitScotland, Edinburgh Festivals, Marketing Edinburgh and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.