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This volume reveals the origins of New Year's Eve, or Hogmanay as the Scots term has it. Hugh Douglas takes the reader from the remotest beginnings of the festival through 18th- and 19th-century developments and up to the millennium. The book explores many of the puzzling aspects of the New Year's celebrations, including: why a tall, dark stranger at midnight?; why carrying a lump of coal; and why can the first-foot never be a fair person no matter how firm a friend? The author also explores how the name "Hogmanay" was derived and what it means, and offers songs and food and drink recipes. A Hangover Helpline is also provided for those who have over-indulged!
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The essential handbook on Hogmanay. Ticks all the boxes, answers all the questions for those who want to know about the New year's Eve celebrations. --Scots MagazineAbout the Author:
Hugh Douglas was a prolific author with critically acclaimed works on Robert Burns, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora Macdonald. He was also author of the Burns Supper Companion.
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Book Description Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. Keith Horrox (illustrator). 159 pages. Book is NEW. New Years Eve is not an exclusively Scottish phenomenon - almost every country has its own version. In part one of 'The Hogmanayas its own version of this great celebration. But how many times have you been asked why the Scots call it Hogmanay and what on earth does it mean? In part one of 'The Hogmanay Companion', Hugh Douglas delves into the very beginnings of New Year's Eve around the world and comes up with some fascinating theories about the festival and its origins. The French, for example, have a strong claim relating to the birth of Christ and the visit of the Three Kings; the Greeks had a word for it too. And so did the Vikings, Danes, Germans, Flemish and the Spanish. But it is the Scots who have hijacked Hogmanay and made it their own and to celebrate it in the Scottish style. Part two of the book is a step-by-step guide to organising a traditional Hogmanay party complete with customs, songs and toasts. And in part three recipes from every corner of the globe are included to allow you to celebrate with a party round the world, starting in the South Pacific where the dawn of every new year always rises first. From first-foot to farewell, Hugh Douglas's Hogmanay Companion is the original and essential guide to New Year's Eve - the biggest party on earth!. Seller Inventory # 054236
Book Description Condition: New. Horrox, Keith (illustrator). New. Seller Inventory # Q-1897784937