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Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year, with origins in the Winter Solstice celebration, and arguably more important, and social, than Christmas.


At just after midnight on Hogmanay a visitor ringing the doorbell and bearing a lump of charcoal is always let into the household. For he (usually he) is seen as bringing good tidings for the oncoming year. Traditionally this visitor should have dark hair and eyes.


I have not come

through the blizzards of snow

for war or trouble

I am here to forward you fortune

and the hope of independence


One day Scots and those living in Scotland will be free of those Sassenachs; those English we want no more of.




Source: http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com