There are only a couple of traditions that come with Hogmanay. One of these traditions is an all-night street party, which means that everyone can still drink a lot and eat a lot. All those streets in Scotland means that there are going to be a lot of New Year Scotland street parties. This Hogmanay tradition seems to be carrying on only in small towns rather than the big cities, maybe the smaller towns are more together as a community. But if you live in a big city then there are a lot of people to try and communicate with. Obviously a street party will bring the whole community together, so maybe a New Year Scotland street party will bring all the people together in these big cities. The Hogmanay tradition of a street party is more commonly done during an Edinburgh New Years Eve.
The only other tradition for Hogmanay is greeting strangers. That may sound slightly strange but as stated it is the only other tradition of Hogmanay. This is known as "first-footing." Just after midnight when everyone has had a bit of time to introduce the New Year the neighbours will pay each other a visit. A tradition of this "first-footing" is that the first guests will usually bring with them a gift, these gifts can be coal, fire or even some Scottish shortbread. If you see a tall, dark and handsome stranger at your door then don't slam the door on their face. This kind of person is known to be very lucky, especially if they are the first person to enter your house after the New Year.
There are many people that take New Year breaks in Scotland; these tourists will usually end up in one of the big cities like Edinburgh. As stated before an Edinburgh New Years Eve will usually consist of a huge street party for everyone, if you do have a family member that does live in the Edinburgh area, then maybe you can stay with them. You can then see how these street parties are done and you can then really enjoy many more New Year breaks in Scotland.
Nearly every other country in the world will just usually push everyone onto a street, where they can wait for some fireworks to go off, and then they go home. Scotland however has a full-on tradition for New Year and Hogmanay has been around for many years, also if everyone keeps having a lot of fun during a Scotland New Year, then Hogmanay will be around for many more years to come.
There aren't many other countries that seem to have true New Year traditions because getting drunk doesn't actually count as a New Year tradition. Hogmanay is a New Year tradition that will be around for a lot of years, and it will continue to be a huge success in Scotland. If you don't ever have many ideas for New Years Eve, then why not try out visiting Scotland for the New Year. You can then see first hand just how popular Hogmanay is in Scotland. But if you want to enjoy a huge street party, then take a stop off in Edinburgh for some huge fun.