After the Welsh word of February meeting, our President Joy Lorcery presented 3 Scottish words at our March meeting :
HOGMANAY : This occurs on the last day of the year, Dec 31st and is an enormous celebration for the New year. The word is perhaps from Norman French HOGUINANE, or old French AGUILLANEUF of the last day of the year, or a New year’s gift. It dates from the 17th century.
FIRST FOOTING : The first person to enter a household in the New Year is called FIRST FOOTER. By Hogmanay tradition, a dark haired man who crosses the threshold at midnight brings good luck. He usually brings a piece of coat (for warmth), a pinch of salt (for seasoning), a coin (for wealth), a piece of bread (for food).
CEILIDH : in Scotland and Ireland, this is an informal social gathering with singing, dancing and story telling. The word Ceilidh comes from the Gaelic meaning « gathering » or « party » e.g. Barn Dance or Highland Fling.