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How the Scots do Hogmanay

How the Scots do Hogmanay
By Sophie

If you've ever spent Hogmanay in Edinburgh, you'll know there is nothing quite like it. No one celebrates Hogmanay quite like the Scots do, but in Edinburgh, we really show the rest of the world how it's done. For three days the city fills with flocks of tourists, ready to see the new year in with a bang. As you walk through the city there are gigs and events dotted throughout, all beckoning for your attention.

The three day event kicks off on the 30th, with a torchlight procession. Last year, over 40,000 people travelled to see the spectacle and numbers are expected to increase this year! Join thousands of locals and tourists alike as they light up the city, taking this fiery journey through the city centre to one of two breathtaking fireworks finales. As if this wasn't enough, a 'Night Afore' concert is held in Princess Street Gardens. This atmospheric location, with Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop, really hits home that you're celebrating in Scotland. This year, Rag'n'Bone Man will perform during the celebrations, seeing in the new year.

If you're feeling a little fragile on the morning of Hogmanay, grab yourself a full Scottish Breakfast, complete with haggis and black pudding, to gather your strength for the nights events. As the light begins to fade, thousands will already be celebrating and preparing for the evenings fun. Take your pic from a number of exciting events, Edinburgh truly is your oyster tonight!

If you fancy more of a traditional Scots night, then make your way to the Old Town Ceilidh. Held in the old highstreet, in west Parliament Square. This historic setting is the perfect backdrop to dance the night away to traditional Scottish music. Following the instructions of the DJ, learn new scottish dancing routines and have yourself a dram of Whisky to see the new year in. There are two live open-air stages that feature the best the traditional Scottish music world has to offer.

If classical music is more your style, then head on over to St Giles' Cathedral to experience a festive celebration in a sparkling candlelit cathedral. A dazzling Mass setting features Johann Friedrich Fasch, J.S.Bach's Festive Cantatas for Christmas, Christen, atzet diesen Tag, and concludes with Mozart's ever-popular Coronation Mass. There is a Cathedral Choir joined by a stunning array of soloists for a truly outstanding concert, to bring in the new year in style.

As I'm sure you are aware, there may also be something else scheduled for Hogmanay. With a world-renowned reputation, the Concert in the Gardens and the Edinburgh Street Party are the events to attend this Hogmanay. Listed as one of the things to do before you die, these events have fame throughout the world. The Garden party is a sound and visual feast, featuring Rag'n'Bone Man this year. This iconic show is set underneath Edinburgh Castle, in the city gardens, which truly is the best view to bask in the glow of new year fireworks, as three monumental displays lead up to the famous Midnight Moment.

Surrounding the gardens, the streets fill with thousands of revelers as they drink and dance the night away. Along Princess Street and branching streets, four stages offer different music styles for the satisfaction of all ears.

With such a mixture to choose from and whichever stage you visit, you know you'll be seeing in the new year in epic proportions. All of these events lead up to the spectacular Midnight Moment. Why welcome in 2018 with just one firework display, when you can have four incredible displays in one night? Edinburgh's Hogmanay welcomes the new year with hourly fireworks displays from 9pm, counting down to the world-famous Midnight Moment. This is an unforgettable space in time, when the clock strikes midnight, sees the skies lit up above the capital from Edinburgh Castle and Calton hill. The sense of union and community in this magical moment, is second to none as the city comes to a halt, celebrating together. As people join hands, the famous 'Auld Lang Syne' can be heard, ringing out throughout the city.

If you are celebrating in Edinburgh this Hogmanay, know that you will be far from disappointed. With a number of celebrations to choose from, there truly is something here for everyone, all leading up to the famous Midnight Moment.

From all of us here, at Scotweb, we wish you a very Happy Newy Year!