Hogmanay (Scottish New Year) Bingo Cards

Hogmanay (pronounced “hug-m’nay” with stress on the last syllable) is the Scots’ word for the last day of the year, December 31st (generally known outside of Scotland as “New Year’s Eve”). Hogmanay is of course a day of celebration, and in fact the start of a period of celebration that includes December 31st (officially known as “Auld Year’s Night”), January 1st (known in Scotland as “Ne’erday”, and elsewhere as “New Year’s Day”), and January 2nd which in Scotland is a public holiday (a “Scottish Bank Holiday”) แทงบอลออนไลน์.

There are many customs and traditions associated with Hogmanay, some national, others local. A particularly popular and widespread tradition is “first footing”, which begins immediately after the midnight transition to the New Year. First footing involves being the first to cross the threshold of a neighbor and giving a symbolic gift intended to bring luck to the householder – such symbolic gifts may include salt (although this is becoming less common nowadays), whiskey, shortbread, black bun (a type of rich fruit cake), or even coal.

Another Hogmanay tradition is the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”. This is a traditional Scottish poem that was reinterpreted by the Scottish romantic poet, Robert Burns, and later set to music. In fact, this Scottish tradition (along with the eating of Haggis and playing New Year’s in with bagpipes) is now a popular New Year activity not just in Scotland, but around the world.

Many people enjoy bringing in the New Year by drinking and dancing, but even for people who prefer something more laid back, there is still an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Hogmanay is also a wonderful time for family gatherings and parties, and of course a party would be complete without party games!

One party game that you ought to consider is bingo. Bingo is great for family, church and community gatherings because it is so easy to play (everybody either already knows how or can learn very quickly), and because it is suitable for people of all ages – as well as being a lot of fun!

Of course, if you’re playing bingo at New Year, you’ll want to play the game with a Hogmanay or New Year theme. One way that you can do this is that instead of playing bingo with traditional numbered bingo cards, you can print up (using your computer) some cards containing words or phrases relating to the New Year festivities. The nice thing is that it’s very easy to print custom bingo cards from your computer – you can simple use some cheap bingo card maker software to do the job – and the best thing is, you can use that software again and again, either at future New Year celebrations, or for other celebrations or holidays.

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