Renowned worldwide for its extraordinary single malt whiskies, The Macallan has revealed its limited-edition A Night On Earth series, a new annual limited edition gifting series that will reflect on a different destination each year, exploring its local and family traditions.
Its first expression is A Night On Earth In Scotland–a collaboration with Japanese-French illustrator Erica Dorn, whose artwork has featured in director Wes Anderson’s The Isle of Dogs and The French Dispatch–which captures the joy of celebrating Scotland’s Hogmanay festivities. For the uninitiated, Hogmanay (which means the last day of the old year) is what the Scots called New Year’s Eve and like anywhere else in the world, it is celebrated on December 31.
What sets Hogmanay apart from other New Year’s Eve celebrations is how enormous its scale is and what a frenzy the revelries can become–it is truly a spectacle of fire and light. This is because Christmas was virtually banned in Scotland for around 400 years, from the end of the 17th century to the 1950s.
As such, until the 1950s, Scots would work over Christmas before celebrating their Winter Solstice holiday on New Year's Eve when they would gather to passionately party, exchange presents, and welcome even strangers with warm hospitality (it is considered good luck for a dark-haired visitor to be the first person to enter one's home after midnight). Hogmanay is celebrated so enthusiastically, it would usually continue into New Year's Day and sometimes even January 2, which is a bank holiday in Scotland.