Stonehaven New Year

Trip Start May 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, January 1, 2006

After our day's sight seeing we decided we could make it back to Aberdeen in time for our friends' New Year's Eve party. We gave them a call when we got back to find there was a change of plan and they were going to Stonehaven, a small fishing town about 13 miles south, to watch the fireballs. As neither of us had been before we were looking forward to it.

No one is really sure about the origins of the Fireball Festival but its thought that it comes from old Pagan rituals where fire is used to drive out the old evil spirits and welcome in the new. At midnight fireball-swingers make their way through the town, swinging their fire balls around and above their heads until they reach the harbour where the balls are then thrown into the sea. It was really good, we haven't seen anything like it before and right as the last swingers were reaching the harbour, a spectacular fireworks display started on the hill over the harbour. With mulled wine keeping us warm, we were more than happy!

Sorry the pics aren't that great, it was the best we could do in the circumstances.

Happy New Year everyone!
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