The Wall Street Journal -
Thought to be derived either from ancient Norse or Gaelic dialect, or from the nation's Auld Alliance with France, "Hogmanay" is Scotland's unique word not only for the last day of the year, but also for the varied entertainment it provides on that date. Whether your preference is for a constellation of fireworks, torch-lit parades and ceilidh dancing, or some mellow reflection beside a peat fire with a single-cask malt whisky. . .or for celebrating with 500,000 revellers in Edinburgh. . .