First Footer

Hogmanay, the Scots word for the last day of the year, is a celebration that is sometimes considered even more important than Christmas in Scotland, and it is followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year’s Day and, in some cases, on 2 January, which is a bank holiday in Scotland.
In the rest of the United Kingdom New Year’s Day became an official holiday only in 1972.

Hogmanay evolved from the pagan festivities of Yule, which celebrated the rebirth of the Sun.
Christmas was not celebrated as a festival in Scotland because the Church of Scotland had outlawed it because after the Protestant Reformation it was considered too Papist. It was only in 1958 that Christmas became a public holiday in Scotland.

Therefore, Scots had to work on Christmas day and so they celebrated their winter solstice holiday at New Year.

There are many customs associated with Hogmanay. Part of the celebration is known as β€œfirst footing”, which starts immediately after midnight.
The First Footer or Lucky Bird is the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour. He is supposed to set the luck for the rest of the year and, traditionally, should be a tall, dark-haired man bringing a gift. These visits may go on throughout the early hours of the morning and well into the next day: at present people may be seen visiting houses well into the middle of January. But remember: an empty handed first footer is generally considered to be a bad omen
In some areas bands of First Footers go from house to house receiving a glass of whisky or other alcoholic drink in return.

Image: illustration from the article “The First Foot” published in “The Illustrated London News” on 30 Dec 1882. (www.scottishcountrydanceoftheday.com/daysoftheyear/first-foot-and-friend)

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41 thoughts on “First Footer

  1. Stavo per scrivere primo piede poi ho visto che si tratta di impostazioni di pagina. Grafica , per 1 anno ho fatto sostegno anche qui . Svogliatelli…

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    1. Ma questo Γ¨ il primo piede che attraversa la soglia di casa.🦢🦢 … non il primo piΓ¨ di pagina…
      Mi prendi sempre in giro… e questo mi fa sorridere perchΓ© ne ho bisognoπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  2. Ho tradotto tutto ma comunque confermo che i ragazzi erano svogliatelli anche se non c’entravano niente con la Scozia (forse bevevano whisky). Comunque anche da noi c’Γ¨ l’usanza “la pasquella” di andare a suonare e ballare tipico sotto le case e chi esce (non chi entra, siamo piΓΉ democratici) dona dolci e vino. Mio figlio Γ¨ uno che va a fare questi giri…..finora Γ¨ sempre ritornato!

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      1. diciamo che sono i primi giorni di gennaio forse per la befana! spero che la signora che apre la porta non colleghi!!

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  4. It doesn’t sound like the one that came to visit me he was short fat-bellied white hair mean disposition crabby attitude full of hate and anger I asked him to stay have something to eat something to drink …I have a package for you a beautiful card ,, no I can’t stay ,, what did you come here for,, I don’t know why,, to make me feel bad .. take your card and your gift and your bad attitude I do not want that for the beginning of the new year that was last year and the year before and the year before not this year I’m too old for this nonsense and I could do so much better and I will goodbye to the old Year, in with the new year toxic people they bring Venom wherever they go they should have a card written on their forehead you know what I am don’t invite me in, or pay the price mentally emotionally physically financially spiritually .. beware when someone comes to you even as a worker , when they say I will destroy you and WRECK you .I thought that was a bad joke or being a wise guy… listen to the red flags pay attention my husband said when I told him, he was still alive at the time , He seems like a nice fella let him stay, well so much for Gino knowing what he’s talking about. I said please help me dear God let me show this man that there’s some good ladies out here let me show this man kindness and he’ll learn kindness,, yeah right drop dead ,,,, HAPPY New Year , keep toxic people away smile more love more but love you yourself first. πŸ‘πŸΊ

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