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New Year

New year in Highland Perthshire is always a special time, with all the old traditions being followed by many local highland people, which includes making sure they are back in their own homes 'for the bells' that chime the end of the old year and in the new year.

17-pitlochry-ceilidh2012cei.jpgThere are a number of New Year Ceilidhs (Scottish Highland Dances) through out the area, in local village halls, hotels and clubs. Killiecrankie village hall is one example where the local community gather bringing their own drink and nibbles to dance away the old year. It starts around 8pm each new year's eve (Hogmanay) with the families from 5 years old along to grannies and grand pas too, dancing the 'Gay Gordons', 'Strip the Willow', 'Military two Step' to name a few.  Roughly 15 minutes before 'the bells', the hall empties as the locals rush off home to see in the New Year in their own homes, which is important for the success of the next year to come. Fireworks are often let off after midnight in the first minutes of the New Year.

6-pitlochry-ceilidh2012pipe.jpgNew Year's Day in Highland Perthshire sees the now established Pitlochry Street  Ceilidh or Party, where literally thousands of people gather from 1pm to 4pm on New Year's Day to dance to tunes played by Jack Delaney's Ceilidh Dance Band and compared by Eddie Rose. The event is free, including hot soup, sausage rolls, and mulled wine with donations funding the next year's event. 2012 New Year in Pitlochry on YOU TUBE also New Year Ceilidh photos on Flickr.

The Auld New Year, is also celebrated, 'Auld' or 'Old' as it is to the old Gregorian calendar. The Atholl Country Life Museum in Blair Atholl organises the event during the second week of January each year in Blair Atholl village hall.

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