March/Marta

December 13, 2009

Whuppity Scoorie – 1st March is a celebration by the young lads of Lanark. It is a relic of the days when making a lot of noise was believed to frighten away the evil spirits. Pennies from the Common Good Fund were thrown and the children tousled to pick them up. Balls of paper or bonnets tied with string were used to strike one another.

Original New Year – 25th March
The Celtic New Year was celebrated on Samhain (November 1st). until 1600, when the Gregorian Calendar which was used in Scotland, placed New Year on 25th March.

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