Ringing in the New Year at 4 & Midnight

Large Blog ImageIt can be a lot of fun piping in a new year in British Columbia, especially at 4 o’clock on New Year’s Eve.

When the clock chimes 4 pm in BC, it’s rings midnight in Scotland. And when Scotland celebrates, so too do folks here in BC.  For years, families, friends and groups have been meeting at pubs around the lower mainland on New Year’s afternoon to  ring in the “Scottish” New Year. In this era of instant contact, some are even Face timing with friends in the old country sitting at similar pubs while everyone counts down together. It’s a bit of that fun has been taking place for years.  Of course, what’s a Scottish New Year’s celebration without bagpipes?  Marching in at the strike of 4, singing Auld Lang Syne together is a great way to spend a late afternoon. Especially with another big celebration only eight hours away.


About Mike Chisholm

Official Piper: Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours. Pitt River Resort. Exec. Dir. ScotFestBC: The British Columbia Highland Games, Director, BC Pipers' Assn. Former journalist, Nova Scotian, Dad.
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