The second element would appear to be l'an neuf the New Yearwith some sources suggesting a druidical origin of the practice overall. Frazer and Kelley report a Manx new-year song that begins with the line To-night is New Year's Night, Hogunnaa but did not record the full text in Manx.
Tro-la-la  whereas other sources parse this as hog-un-naa and give the modern Manx A gloomy day to ski as Hob dy naa. Synge heave and howe rombelowe trolle on away", which he reads as a straightforward invocation of troll-banning.
The Vikings celebrated Yule which later contributed to the Twelve Days of Christmasor the "Daft Days" as they were sometimes called in Scotland. Christmas was not celebrated as a festival and Hogmanay was the more traditional celebration in Scotland.
The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footingwhich starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as salt less common todaycoalshortbreadwhiskyand black bun a rich fruit cakeintended to bring different kinds of luck to the householder.
Food and drink as the gifts are then given to the guests. This may go on throughout the early hours of the morning and well into the next day although modern days see people visiting houses well into the middle of January.
The first-foot is supposed to set the luck for the rest of the year. Traditionally, tall, dark-haired men are preferred as the first-foot. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This involves local people making up "balls" of chicken wire filled with old newspaper, sticks, rags, and other dry flammable material up to a diameter of 2 feet 0.
As the Old Town House bell sounds to mark the new year, the balls are set alight and the swingers set off up the High Street from the Mercat Cross to the Cannon and back, swinging the burning balls around their heads as they go.
The festivities are now streamed live over the Internet. And in Falkland in Fifelocal men marched in torchlight procession to the top of the Lomond Hills as midnight approached. Bakers in St Andrews baked special cakes for their Hogmanay celebration known as "Cake Day" and distributed them to local children.
For example, amongst the Scottish regiments, officers waited on the men at special dinners while at the bells, the Old Year is piped out of barrack gates. The sentry then challenges the new escort outside the gates: Early on New Year's morning, householders drink and then sprinkle 'magic water' from 'a dead and living ford ' around the house a 'dead and living ford' refers to a river ford that is routinely crossed by both the living and the dead.
After the sprinkling of the water in every room, on the beds and all the inhabitants, the house is sealed up tight and branches of juniper are set on fire and carried throughout the house and byre. The juniper smoke is allowed to thoroughly fumigate the buildings until it causes sneezing and coughing among the inhabitants.
Then all the doors and windows are flung open to let in the cold, fresh air of the new year. The woman of the house then administers 'a restorative' from the whisky bottle, and the household sits down to its New Year breakfast.
The Hogmanay custom of singing "Auld Lang Syne" has become common in many countries. It is now common to sing this in a circle of linked arms that are crossed over one another as the clock strikes midnight for New Year's Day, though it is only intended that participants link arms at the beginning of the final verse, co-ordinating with the lines of the song that contain the lyrics to do so.
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