Celebrated both in Scotland and in the country Scots moved to, Hogmanay is the Scottish name for New Year’s Eve and, indeed is a celebration happening yearly between 31 December and 1 January. It generally involves a dinner followed by the first-footing, soon after midnight. first footing means being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as whisky, shortbread or a fruit cake. Part of the Hogmanay celebrations also involve singing “Auld Lang Syne”.
Hogmanay in Milan
Every year, the celebrations for Hogmanay are held in Milan thanks to Casa Scozia Milan Scottish Community, which organises traditional Scottish events out of Scotland with the support of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy. The home of Scottish Culture in Italy, Casa Scozia is an association supporting Scottish initiatives or events involving Italy; from Scottish country dance lessons, Tartan night, Whiskey day to St. Andrew’s Dinner Dance.