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2nd January

In Scotland, January 2nd is known as «Hogmanay», which is the traditional Scottish celebration of New Year's Day. Hogmanay holds great cultural significance in Scotland, and its origins and history are deeply rooted in Scottish traditions. Beginning of New Year's Eve up to January 2nd. Here is an overview of the origin and history of Hogmanay in Scotland:

  1. Pagan and Viking Influences: The origins of Hogmanay can be traced back to ancient pagan and Viking traditions. Prior to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, which moved New Year's Day to January 1st, Scotland celebrated the arrival of the New Year around the winter solstice, which fell around December 21st. These celebrations were influenced by pagan and Viking customs and practices associated with the changing of seasons and the rebirth of the sun.

  2. Suppression of Christmas: During the Protestant Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries, the celebration of Christmas was discouraged or even banned in Scotland due to its association with Catholicism. As a result, the focus of festive celebrations shifted to New Year's Day (Hogmanay), which became the most important holiday in the Scottish calendar.

  3. Customs and Traditions: Hogmanay is marked by various customs and traditions that have been passed down through generations. Some of the most well-known traditions include «first-footing», where the first person to enter a household after midnight brings gifts and good luck for the coming year. There are also fire festivals, such as the famous «Burning of the Clavie» in Burghead, where a barrel filled with tar is set on fire and paraded through the town.

  4. Midnight Celebrations: The stroke of midnight on December 31st signals the start of Hogmanay festivities in Scotland. Celebrations include fireworks displays, the singing of traditional songs like «Auld Lang Syne» by Robert Burns, and the raising of toasts to the New Year with a glass of whisky. Many people also participate in «ceilidhs», which are traditional Scottish dances held in community halls or gatherings.

  5. Symbolic Actions: Symbolic actions are often performed during Hogmanay to leave behind the old year and welcome the new one. For example, some Scots participate in «Redding the House», which involves cleaning their homes to symbolize a fresh start. Others engage in the «Loony Dook», where brave individuals take a dip in freezing cold water, often for charity, to cleanse themselves of the past year.

Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland are diverse and can vary across different regions. Major cities like Edinburgh host large-scale events and street parties, attracting visitors from around the world. These celebrations have evolved over time but remain an integral part of Scottish culture and heritage, offering a joyous and lively start to the new year.

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Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Tuesday 2 Jan 2024 2nd January 1 month ago
2025 Thursday 2 Jan 2025 2nd January in 10 months
2026 Friday 2 Jan 2026 2nd January in 1 year
2027 Monday 4 Jan 2027 2nd January in 2 years
2028 Tuesday 4 Jan 2028 2nd January in 3 years
2029 Tuesday 2 Jan 2029 2nd January in 4 years
2030 Wednesday 2 Jan 2030 2nd January in 5 years
2031 Thursday 2 Jan 2031 2nd January in 6 years
2032 Friday 2 Jan 2032 2nd January in 7 years
2033 Tuesday 4 Jan 2033 2nd January in 8 years
2034 Tuesday 3 Jan 2034 2nd January in 9 years
2035 Tuesday 2 Jan 2035 2nd January in 10 years
2036 Wednesday 2 Jan 2036 2nd January in 11 years
2037 Friday 2 Jan 2037 2nd January in 12 years
2038 Monday 4 Jan 2038 2nd January in 13 years
2039 Tuesday 4 Jan 2039 2nd January in 14 years
2023 Tuesday 3 Jan 2023 2nd January 1 year ago
2022 Tuesday 4 Jan 2022 2nd January 2 years ago
2021 Monday 4 Jan 2021 2nd January 3 years ago
2020 Thursday 2 Jan 2020 2nd January 4 years ago
2019 Wednesday 2 Jan 2019 2nd January 5 years ago
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