"Happy Hogmanay" Dumfries Local Custom Tip by Ruthy2001

Dumfries Local Customs: 4 reviews and 1 photos


Im not sure if this is particular to Dumfries culture or simply Scottish but I think Dumfries is particularly fun at Hogmanay. Most people go to the local pubs until about 11 then head back to house parties. After 12 the tradition is to go "first footing" round the houses with a piece of coal and a bottle of whiskey...this tends to include the whole family and is great fun - we were lucky enough to grow up near a whole street of friends so it was very safe but the idea is to bring luck to each household by having a quick drink and welcoming in the year together..you can usually also expect to see fireworks in the town centre.

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  • Written Sep 4, 2002
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