Hogmanay holds a special place in the calendar, particularly for television enthusiasts in Scotland, as the night has cultivated its unique set of customs over time.
Edith Bowman, the host of the 2023 Hogmanay festivities spanning BBC Scotland, BBC One Scotland, and BBC iPlayer, shares her insights into the five most cherished Hogmanay TV traditions for viewers enjoying the celebrations from the comfort of their homes.
1. The Company
It's a great time to be with the people you love, the people that make you feel the best version of yourself. That could be a room full of friends, family and neighbours or it could simply be you and your partner…I've had so many different experiences of how, where and who I've spent Hogmanay with. As a wee girl it was at my Grandad's house in Pittenweem, it felt so exciting being allowed to stay up that late to watch the Hogmanay show. I know that for some people at this time they will be on their own and I really hope that with the show we make you feel part of our celebrations, as if we were in the living room with you.
2. Line that stomach
For whatever reason, it's a long night, especially if you are partying into the wee small hours. So make sure you have snacks at the ready for the duration. Have a good tea before you start and if you're lucky, someone will have made stovies for after the bells. If you are completely winning at life, you will be in the vicinity to tuck into Ma Bowman's recipe, simply the best. Never a hangover to be had after a bowl or two of stovies.
3. Ye dancin?
Dance like no one is watching, whether you are out for Hogmanay on the streets of Edinburgh, holed up at a swanky event, or just at home with the telly on there is NOTHING to stop you from busting out your best moves. Push the tables/sofas/crowds aside as our guests on the Hogmanay show are going to make you want to dance your socks off, from Scottish singing legend KT Tunstall to the amazing Celtic rock phenomenon that is Skerryvore and Scottish folk inspired sounds from the Kinnaris Quintet.
I am sure you will have had a few wee aperitifs in the course of the evening. There will have been moments to savour throughout the night's viewing, when you are cradling a glass. I'm expecting some cracking chat from our Hogmanay guests Brian Cox, Sharon Rooney, Mark Bonnar and Scott McTominay. But this is the big one, so make sure you have a glass of something charged – it doesn't need to be alcohol - and be ready to toast as the lone piper on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle starts the countdown to 2024.
5. Auld Lang Syne
It's the LAW, It's the beating heart of Hogmanay, the only piece of music to start a new year. It will touch your heart one moment – possibly even a wee tear – and then have you jigging like there is no tomorrow.
Auld Lang Syne – Rabbie Burns knew a thing or two about getting us all going – and the fantastic rendition this year will be from Skerryvore with Shereen Cutkelvin on vocals. What more can I say except :"Happy New Year!"