New Year or ‘Hogmanay’ as they call it in Scotland is a celebrated occasion. It has long been a tradition that at that time of the year the residents of Edinburgh and throughout Scotland flock to each others houses and to the streets to wish each other a ‘Happy New Year’. For years the citizens of Edinburgh would gather in the High Street in the ‘old town’ at the Tron Kirk and ‘see the bells in’ at midnight on New Years Eve. In 1996 the local council decided to make this a World event by organising a street party on Princes Street, the main thoroughfare in the city.
The street party was made an all ticket affair in the interests of safety, due to its popularity and is well policed and organised. People of all nationalities visit Edinburgh at New Year and the street party is one of the main reasons why.
With the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, live bands in Princess Street gardens bandstand entertain the huge crowds. Firework displays light up the skies and the castle canon is fired at midnight to welcome in the New Year.
A truly memorable occasion has now extended over 4 or 5 days of celebratory festivals starting shortly before the 31st December until shortly after.