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Hogmanay

The Scottish name for New Year's Eve. The first person over the threshold of a house after the beginning of the year (after midnight) should be dark and will ensure good luck for the rest of the year.

This gave rise to a tradition of First Footing, common also in Northumberland and County Durham? where revellers purposefully visited each others houses bearing food, drink and fuel (coal or wood) to ensure a plentiful supply of all for the house they entered.