It might go all the way back to 8th century BC.
However, if you’re really worried about being kiss-less at the beginning of the new year, then you might want to go to Scotland.
During Hogmanay, the Scottish new year celebration, it is traditional to give a kiss to everyone in the room. The idea is to connect friends and strangers, and it also makes the single people feel a bit better.
This is one of my favorites. If you haven’t seen it, find it and watch it. (It can also be found under the title “Stairway to Heaven.”)
Kilts are traditional garb from Scotland, right? Well, that’s not quite the whole story. In an article from 1858, William Pinkerton noted that ancient Highlanders and Irishmen, both Celts, generally went bare-legged and wore a long, baggy shirt dyed yellow with autumnal saffron. Over this, they wore an untailored woollen cloth which also served as a sleeping blanket. The cloth wrapped around and gathered into folds which stopped somewhere below the knee. Sometimes they also wore animal skin, especially deerskin. So how did the tailored, pleated kilt come to signify Scotland? And why do so many men, Highlanders or not, wear it these days—either to formal events like Christmas and New Year parties, or even daily?
I want one!
Take a look inside an 18th century farmhouse that architects renovated into a modern, solar-powered home in Dumfries, Scotland.
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