Scotland is a country, which is not only rich in culture but also in tradition, specifically around the festive period. Christmas and Hogmanay traditions date back hundreds of years, yet are still celebrated today.
Although we spend weeks and weeks celebrating Christmas with different parties and events, New Year’s Eve or Hogmanay, as it is known in Scotland, is a much-celebrated event, perhaps the biggest of the year, and is certainly representative of Scotland’s heritage.
From the annual street party on Edinburgh’s Princes Street to smaller parties throughout the country, Hogmanay is always a night of fun, celebration and culture. Scots welcome the New Year by singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight, after the bells, while other traditions include toasting with whisky, cleaning your house and enjoying a steak pie dinner on New Year’s day.
Among these, first footing is also tradition in Scotland and it is custom as the first footer in someone’s home on New Year’s Day, to bring a gift – whether it be coal, shortbread or whisky!
As Scots celebrate the New Year over a few days, with celebrations still taking place on January 2nd, it is likely you will be visiting others’ homes and it is therefore important to be prepared. While shortbread is of course a great gift, our Tomatin Single Malt Whisky Fruit Cake is not only delicious but is also complimentary of Scottish tradition and is therefore a perfect first-footing gift.
You might even choose to serve the Dean’s Whisky Cake at your Hogmanay celebrations – it would accompany a glass of whiskey or fizz perfectly, while you’re ringing in the New Year!
Welcome the New Year with Dean’s Whisky Cake – Sunday 18th December is the last date for Christmas orders!