Hogmanay Bonfire in Biggar


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Hogmanay Bonfire in Biggar

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Peter Rae, Biggar bonfire entertainments organiser and DJ for the Dancing, recalls the history of Biggar's Hogmanay celebrations. The Hogmanay Bonfire in the Borders town of Biggar (pop 2000), dates back to the pagan times when fire was worshipped and believed to ward of evil spirits for the New Year.

It has continued at Biggar for hundreds of years and, as far as we are aware, there is no other town in the world that celebrates the coming of the New Year like Biggar. Even during the wars the tradition was kept alive by a group who burned a candle in a tin at the bonfire site, so as not to attract enemy bombers.

Dancing and music was introduced several years ago and has proved most successful (no use having a big fire wi' nowt tae dae!).

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