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Hogmanay Bonfire: Saying Goodbye to 2011

Annual event by the Lawrence Historical Society bids farewell to the old year and welcomes the new year.

Thanks, in part, to the decent weather and the absence of snow of the ground, hundreds of people turned out Saturday, Dec. 31, to the Lawrence Historical Society's Hogmanay Bonfire in the meadow next to the historic Brearley House to bid farewell to 2011 and welcome 2012.

The bonfire has been a since 1997.

Hogmanay is a Scottish New Year's Eve tradition at which participants celebrate the arrival of the new year and cleanse themselves of all the bad experiences of the previous year. One of the ways Hogmanay participants do this is by writing a list of the bad things from the past year that they want to forget.

On Saturday, bonfire attendees were invited to toss their lists into the flames so the paper – and the bad memories written on them – would be consumed. A bagpiper played as the flames raged.

Snow forced the historical society to .

Lawrencevillegal January 06, 2012 at 08:44 PM
is this a pagan celebration?
Patrick January 07, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Most holiday iconography is based on pagan tradition, including of course the Christmas tree, the easter bunny/easter eggs, halloween witches etc... But Hogmanay is probably born out of a winter solstice celebration from early celtics. But ironically, the Presbyterians in Scotland have preferred its members to celebrate Hogmanay over Christmas for over 400 years now. crazy right? so yes and no.
Lawrencevillegal January 08, 2012 at 01:53 AM
seems creepy ... some things are based on pagan and other things are just pagan.

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