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On New Year's Eve, Scots Say 'Happy Hogmanay'

Fireworks light up the sky above Edinburgh Castle as part of Hogmanay celebrations on Dec. 31, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Ross Gilmore/Getty Images for Unicef)
Fireworks light up the sky above Edinburgh Castle as part of Hogmanay celebrations on Dec. 31, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Ross Gilmore/Getty Images for Unicef)

Colin Blane, the BBC’s former Scotland correspondent, joins Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins to explain why New Year’s Eve in Scotland is a bigger celebration than Christmas.

Blane also describes how Scots observe “first footing” — the tradition that a tall, dark visitor bearing a gift is the first person to cross your threshold on New Year’s Day.

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