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    Happy Hogmanay, Happy New Year et Bonne Année 2018!

    As you’ve guessed, Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year. Nobody is quite sure where the name comes from. A few theories include the Gaelic Og maidne or new morning and the Norman French word hoguinane which was derived from the Old French anguillanneuf or “Gift at New Year.” Hogmanay’s roots reach back to […]

    Scots-Quebecer building Montreal and the Province of Quebec

    It’s celebration time in the beautiful province of Quebec, in Canada, as Quebecers are taking part in Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Fête Nationale du Quebec festivities.

    The public holiday celebrates the culture and heritage of francophones inside Quebec and across the country, and how they have shaped it.

    While the religious significance of the civic celebration […]

    Happy Hogmanay, Happy New Year et Bonne Année 2017!

    With 39 different local times in use, it takes 26 hours for the New Year to encompass all time zones 😉

    Happy Hogmanay to our Scottish friends!

    “Each age has deemed the new-born year ‘The fittest time for festal cheer’. ” — Walter Scott

    Bonne Année à nos amis de […]

    In Memory of Friday 13 November 2015 in Paris…


    Dear readers,

    Just a few words today in memory of all the people who fell victim in the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015…


    Iain and Margaret sent us a very moving message on this sad occasion:

    “Our hearts and minds are with the […]

    Atwater Library Lunchtime Event Welcomes Scotiana with ‘Scotland The Brave’


    It was truly a delight to hear piper Alec McGuckin from the 78th Fraser Highlanders play ‘Scotland The Brave‘ to mark the start of the event on March 19th, 2015 at the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series featuring, a Scottish travel and literature blog, co-authored by Mairiuna and Jean-Claude from France, […]