Happy Hogmanay!

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Hogmanay – as New Year’s Eve is called in Scotland – draws its roots from the Vikings’ celebrations of Yule, as well as pagan rituals associated with the winter solstice.

A more important holiday than Christmas in Scotland (children traditionally go from house to house asking for presents), Hogmanay is an integral part of Scottish culture.

Hogmanay is celebrated in cities across Scotland, but perhaps nowhere near as elaborately as Edinburgh, where it has evolved into a four-day winter celebration that typically attracts 400,000 visitors to the Scottish capital.

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