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From: 2013.12.31 To: 2014.01.01
Inverness is party central on December 31st. Big name acts grace the city centre stage, as the cold of the Highland winter evaporates through dancing, partying, drinking, smooching and all round happy times. It wasn't always this way, with Inverness only deciding to host its own street party in recent years and now the whole city parties like a city that's been making up for lost party time. 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.