No matter whether 2013 was your best year or your worst, consider starting fresh and literally ‘throwing it all away’ this New Year’s Eve at Lawrence Historical Society’s annual Hogmanay Bonfire celebration, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Great Meadow at Brearley House in Lawrence Township.

Hogmanay is a Scottish tradition dating back to 1604.  It is a day when friends and neighbors gather to cleanse themselves of the old year’s sorrows and greet the New Year with good luck and good cheer. Hogmanay has been a National Holiday in Scotland since 1958. In fact, Hogmanay is more important than Christmas Day for many Scotts due to the post 16th century Christian Church Reformation and the ensuing ban on Catholic Mass by The Church of Scotland including the “Popish holiday.”

So as you prepare to sing the Scottish poem, “Auld Lang Syne” (Robert Burns, 1788) this New Year’s Eve, try honoring another Scottish tradition. Leave the old year at the bonfire and join hands and hearts as together we honor family, friends, love, peace and harmony.

For more information about this event, Brearley House and the Lawrence Historical Society, please visit or call 609-895-1728.



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