Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Dawn

And this old world....
 is a new world
And a bold world

Dragonfly out in the sun
Butterflies all having fun
Sleep in peace when the day is done

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life

And we're feeling good

Happy New Year
from Hilldowntree House

Feeling Good 
words   Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse

Some facts about Hogmanay

The word Hogmanay is thought to have first been used widely following Mary Queen of Scots' return to Scotland from France in 1561.
The name could come from the Anglo-Saxon 'haleg monath' meaning holy month, or the Gaelic 'oge maidne' meaning new morning.
But the most likely source seems to be French. In Normandy presents given at Hogmanay were 'hoguignetes'.

Hogmanay is regarded by some in Scotland as a bigger celebration than Christmas.

Hogmanay is traditionally the bigger celebration in Scotland and today is still a day that Scots are passionate about.
Traditionally, it allowed you a clean slate for the year to come so you paid all your debts and tidied your affairs.
During the day on Hogmanay was when you cleaned your house ready for when visitors would start arriving at night and the following day.
Women were expected to have the ashes cleaned out of the fire, the house tidied, have the home baking made and then look delighted when the visitors started coming round."
For couples, Hogmanay was also a popular time to get married. It is a liminal period - a time of change from old to new.

Fire is an important feature of Hogmanay.

The seaside town of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire holds a fireball ceremony where as many as 45 people swing chicken wire-wrapped balls of burning coal, wood and fir cones down the High Street.
Another new year ceremony, the Burning of the Clavie in Burghead in Moray, is held on 11 January.



  1. Happy New Year gorgeous sister!

  2. Assalam Kak Muna,

    Happy New Year kak Muna! Semoga 2013 membawa barokahnya buat akak sekeluarga, amin.

    1. Salam Yong,
      Selamat menyambut tahun baru buat Yong sekeluarga.
      Insyaallah 2013 akan memberi yang terbaik untuk semua.

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    1. Salam Puan Ezan
      Happy New Year to you and your family