Hogmanay is a Scottish word that means “new year”. And it’s a very big deal in Scotland with celebrations starting on December 31 and lasting three days. Historians believe that Hogmanay traditions, such as open fires and fireballs (swinging balls of burning material around the head), originated from a winter solstice festival brought by the Vikings. Today, there are parties all over Scotland, but Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the biggest. Attracting thousands of people, it includes a massive torchlit parade, huge fireworks display and mega pop concerts.