The Hoog and Hoog Royale
The Hoog and The Hoog Royale are two of the biggest events that will take place in Scotland during Hogmanay. For those who are not familiar with Hogmanay, it is New Years Eve, the 31st of December 2007. In Scotland, New Years Eve is a celebration like no other. It is not only viewed as an evening of celebration, but has much history and tradition connected to it. To miss out on The Hoog and The Hoog Royale will most definitely be a great disappointment.
The word Hoog, means Big, as it is derived from ‘Hoog min dag’ (Big Love Day). When it comes to the distinction between The Hoog and The Hoog Royale celebrations, there are just a few differences, but both are guaranteed to be events of a lifetime. Visitors to Scotland, and more specifically Edinburgh, are recommended to purchase tickets to either one of these magnificent events, as they will both prove to be a unique experience.
Before The Hoog and The Hoog Royale are explained, there is one word that might need clarification, and that is Ceilidh. A Ceilidh, which is pronounced as ‘kay-lee’, is a gathering where traditional Scottish music and contemporary Scottish music is played. This is accompanied with dances, which are not exactly country or folk dancing, but dances that have been performed during Ceilidh’s for centuries. The steps are very easy to pick up, and before long, especially with the foot-tapping rhythms of the music, visitors will find themselves moving across the dance floor like professionals.
The Hoog will take place at the Edinburgh Assembly Room, and doors open at half past seven. There will be a Ceilidh and discos that will be performed over three stages. Chill Out Rooms will be available for those who find the party a little too exciting, and cash bars and food stands will take care of the hungry and the thirsty. Party guests at The Hoog can look forward to bands such as Teannaich, Belle Star Band and John Cowan and his Lairds of Dixieland to entertain them.
The Hoog Royale is held in a smaller venue, The Queens Hall in Edinburgh, and is a more exclusive venue than The Hoog, filled with an evening of Ceilidh. A cash bar and delicious food stalls will also be available and guests are able to dance the night away to the rhythms of John Cowan and his Lairds of Dixieland and Blaze in the Bothy. The party will carry guests through the count down to the New Year till two o’clock in the morning.
Both The Hoog and the Hoog Royale are going to be exciting and entertaining events. All that is left for party guests and visitors to decide is which one they want to attend. Tickets to these events must be bought in advance, as no tickets will be available at the doors, and guests must be over eighteen years of age to attend. New Years in Scotland is a celebration and an adventure that visitors will not be able to forget.