Fireballs at Hogmanay, Stonehaven

Fireballs at Hogmanay, Stonehaven

Aberdeen Voice - Stonehaven Hogmanay package unveiled

In the fireballs ceremony locals construct parcels of newspaper, sticks and flammable materials and wrap them in wire. Balls are made from combustible materials: each swinger uses a different mixture. At the countdown to the New Year from the bells of the Old Town House, the balls are set alight. The marchers set off, swinging the fireballs on chains around their heads. The parade proceeds along the High Street; then the balls are thrown into Stonehaven harbour.

The modern celebration dates back to a storm in 1848 when 8 fishing boats were lost and 19 men were drowned. Such tragedies in superstitious fishing communities revived and developed good luck charms and customs. It was believed that the displays swung the balance to good from evil. Long before Christianity, torch-bearing processions involving fire took place, coinciding with the winter solstice and position of the sun. Thus the roots of the ceremony embrace the traditional force of purification - fire consuming evil and warding off malevolent spirits.

The Open Air in the Square gig at Hogmanay 2015 will be headlined by Deacon Blue.

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Fireballs at Hogmanay, Stonehaven

Fireballs at Hogmanay, Stonehaven

Aberdeen Voice - Stonehaven Hogmanay package unveiled

In the fireballs ceremony locals construct parcels of newspaper, sticks and flammable materials and wrap them in wire. Balls are made from combustible materials: each swinger uses a different mixture. At the countdown to the New Year from the bells of the Old Town House, the balls are set alight. The marchers set off, swinging the fireballs on chains around their heads. The parade proceeds along the High Street; then the balls are thrown into Stonehaven harbour.

The modern celebration dates back to a storm in 1848 when 8 fishing boats were lost and 19 men were drowned. Such tragedies in superstitious fishing communities revived and developed good luck charms and customs. It was believed that the displays swung the balance to good from evil. Long before Christianity, torch-bearing processions involving fire took place, coinciding with the winter solstice and position of the sun. Thus the roots of the ceremony embrace the traditional force of purification - fire consuming evil and warding off malevolent spirits.

The Open Air in the Square gig at Hogmanay 2015 will be headlined by Deacon Blue.

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