8th December 2018
Stonehaven Fireball Festival
The Fireball Ceremony is Stonehaven’s unique way to welcome in the New Year and greet friends and neighbours. As the midnight chimes ring out on December 31st, approximately 40 men and women parade up and down the High Street swinging fiercely flaming balls around their heads.
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New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh
Edinburgh hosts one of the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the world. With a multitude of events including world famous bands and a huge fireworks display. With Edinburgh castle as a backdrop it’s an amazing place to ring in the new year.
First footing (or the “first foot” in the house after midnight) is still common across Scotland. If a house has its lights on after midnight then you are welcome to first foot. Remember to bring with you some of the symbolic pieces: coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and a wee dram of whisky. I’ve never experienced people bringing salt or black buns but I have welcomed coal for the fire, shortbread and whisky (of course).
Image: Jennifer Pallian