Where must tourists go to participate in the annual Hogmanay celebration on New Year’s night?
Winter festivals common to the pagan religions of the Middle Ages diminished in popularity when facing the feasts of celebration that accompanied Christmas. The reworking of calendars moved the New Year festivities to overlap with Christian holy days. The act of discouraging Christmas celebrations followed the Scottish reformations, forcing the Scots to move their gift-giving celebrations to coincide with the arrival of a new year. This gave rise to the Scottish celebration of Hogmanay. Source: Scotland.org
Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. Scotland is also famous for golf, the game first played at the Old Course at St Andrews in the 1400s.