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Biggar Hogmanay Bonfire
From: 2013.12.31 To: 2014.01.01
Worship fire fellow heathen souls, because it's fire that keeps away the evil spirits! Or so think those in the Borders town of Biggar. Wars, health and safety loving fools and new-coming naysayers have all tried to stop Biggar's bonfire but none can – it's an exciting, wild and uncontrollable affair that will burn for generations to come. It's one of the top places to be on Hogmanay because "London and Edinburgh are big but Biggar's Biggar." New Year's Eve in Scotland is known as Hogmanay – a beautiful, drunken, fiery collision of the traditional and the modern. Hogmanay became a big deal in Scotland when Christmas was banned for 400 years and so the Scots perfected the perfect party to mark the end of the year. There's loads of local customs to get involved in including welcoming dark haired gentlemen across one's doorstep, the mass singing of For Auld Lang Syne and general whiskey-induced friendliness.