Can't believe it's Hogmany tomorrow. I used to look forward to this Festival for weeks..even more so than Christmas. It's traditionally the time of year that Scots return to their roots to celebrate the old year and look forward to the new. Old friends meet up, eat, drink, sing, dance and play music....that's what it's supposed to be. Hogmany seems less important these days it seems to have been overtaken by Christmas and where the old fire ceremonies remain they have also become commercialised.
I'm sure that all who go along tomorrow night will have a wonderful time but I'll not be there for the pure and simple reason there will be far too many people and I'll be hard pushed to find anyone I know!! The Fireballs are a victim of their popularity. The whole event has to be 'managed' nowadays, from the positioning of the television cameras to the positioning of the crowds...held back by barriers and lots of serious policemen!! (Actually causes more of a crush)
The event itself remains spectacular and the Fireball swingers are still locals but I'll be watching it on television from the warmth and comfort of a sofa!!!
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