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31 October 2015

Hop-tu-Naa

Happy Hop-tu-Naa

The words Hop-tu-Naa are a corruption of Shogh ta'n Oie, meaning "this is the night".  However, the Celtic New Year was moved to the secular new year on 1 January, a move still remembered in Scotland where "Hogmanay", from the same root words in Scots Gaelic, is still celebrated, and very famously in Edinburgh.

You could look forward to little visitors signing Ginny the Witch and showing their hollowed out Turnip Lantern with a candle or torch inside (not the easier option of a Pumpkin!), for which they receive sweeties.

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