Hogmanay Cleaning (day 361 of 365)
In Scotland 31st December (Hogmanay) is a day devoted to cleaning so that you go into the New Year with everything clean. Rather than slave away I start mine around the 28th ~ so that Hogmanay itself is given over to a light dust round. Apart from laundry washing ~ I've also cleaned the house windows and the windows of the communal stair.
Hogmanay cleaning forms the basis of Tony Roper's play 'The Steamie' set in a public wash-house in Glasgow in the 1950's. See www.youtube.com/show?p=tu3hLFc-8wY&feature=fvsp
New Year parties in Scotland don't traditionally start until after Midnight on 1st January and end in the early hours. Whereas down here in England they seem to get underway at 8pm on Hogmanay and pack up just after the Bells.