This year, some friends and I saw in the new year watching Stonehaven’s famous fireballs ceremony. I’ve been wanting to see the fireballs for years and I loved it!
The festivities started with entertainments in the town square. Our friend Pauline was doing storytelling which was really entertaining, but we did sneak off at one point for hot drinks and to watch the pipe band:
Then it was down to the harbour for the midnight ceremony. Every year about 45 local men and women take part in the event, constructing their own fireball in advance, then meeting up for midnight to set them alight and walk through the town’s main streets, swinging them around their heads. The procession takes about twenty minutes and ends with them returning to the harbour and hurling them into the sea.