Friday, December 29, 2006

Hogmanay

A few blogging cat pals have asked me what Hogmanay is. Firstly, it has nothing to do with hogs which are sort of big pigs. Hogmanay is completely different. This is what happens.

At midnight it is traditional to sing
"For Auld Lang Syne" by a human called Robbie Burns (published in 1788 - so it's very old). Then loads of fireworks go off like these ones over Edinburgh Castle (the humans really like this but us cats and dogs sometimes find it a bit distressing).

Then it's important to welcome friends and strangers with warm hospitality and a kiss to wish everyone a 'Guid' New Year. This is to ensure a clean break with the 'auld' year and welcome in a fresh New Year.

Finally, the best bit is "First footing" (the "first foot" in the house after midnight or "first paw" if you're a cat). This is done to ensure good luck for the house. The first foot should be male, dark (believed to come from Viking days when blonde strangers arriving on your doorstep meant trouble) and have with them symbolic coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky. These days, however, whisky and perhaps shortbread are the only items still prevalent (and available) - although if you're coming to our house you could consider bringing catnip or cat biscuits as well.

I certainly hope everyone has a happy 2007
Love Faz

15 comments:

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

interesting, thank you for the explanation.

Skittles said...

Happy New Year to you & your humans, too :)

The Meezers said...

Hi Faz! Fank you for coming to visit us - we is deelited to meet you! Happy New Year

Kimo & Sabi said...

OMG - our Mommakitty is blond! Well...that doesn't mean anything in California!

Happy Hog Day!

One-Eyed Jack said...

I'm male and dark! And we have shortbread and whiskey here! We have temptations and even greenies which Fat Eric says you can't hardly find in England! Maybe I should teleport over at the stroke of midnight your time! Then you'd be sure to have good luck all year, with a black cat strolling into your house. Either way, Happy New Year!!!

Skittles said...

pssst...

(I'm challenging everyone with word verification to turn it off for one week.)

zorak163 said...

My cats have been visiting this site for some time now and have commanded me to add it to my links section - I'd better go do that now before they leave any surprises in my bed.

PS - I'm supposed to invite you to a catnip social...

Patches & Mittens said...

Thanks for visitng us. It is so nice to meet you. Happy New Year!

Big Piney Woods Cats

One-Eyed Jack said...

Oh, darn! I was hoping to teleport over in time to cross you threshhold just after midnight! But I forgot to check the time conversion earlier! Well hopefully you've had someone cross your threshold already, and if not, here I am, whiskey and shortbread and liver flavoured Greenies, and Dentibite Temptations in a little pouch around my neck. Just a tiny nibble of shortbread and a drop of whiskey, mind, as I can't carry much and thought the cat treats would be more appreciated!

But I can't stay long, I have to pop by Fat Eric's and Eric and Flynn's places too! And there's a party about to start at the House of Mostly Black Cats I promised to take Persephone to! Stop by if you feel up to it with the time difference! If you don't know the way, stop by the Cat Blogosphere, they've got a link, or my blog which will too in a moment!

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

HAPPY NEW YEARS,Faz,
from
Missy Blue Eyes,
KC,
and lil Bear!

Cecilia, The 2Bs & LT said...

Happy New Year.

Hot(M)BC said...

Oh cool Faz, fanks for the info! Happy Noo Yeer to you and your fambly :)
Purrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

The Meowers from Missouri said...

thank you for a furry interesting lesson in history and culture! we likes those--sometimes it means more present giving (and getting!) holidays! like we celebrates saint nicholas's day on 6 december acause our mom's granma allus did, giving her some little sweets and a small giftie!

happy mew year, faz! nice to meet you!

nelson, edmund, nitro s, and xing lu

Victor Tabbycat said...

A furry happy Mew year to you an yurs. That's furry interstink bout how you celebrate in Scotland. But I still don't know why it's called Hogmanay. Purrs!

Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

Happy New Year to you all!