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Thread #87656 Message #1638324
Posted By: Abby Sale
31-Dec-05 - 05:14 PM
Thread Name: happy? - Dec 31 (Sylvester / Hogmanay)
Subject: RE: happy? – Dec 31 (Sylvester / Hogmanay)
Thanks for pointing that out. From The Scotland Guide - "The Glasgow Fair has been an important public event for centuries and many of its activities took place near the western end of Glasgow Green. It was inaugurated in the late twelfth century and traditionally began on 7 July, but in time the start was changed to Fair Monday which was fixed as the second Monday in July."
Others give another time toward the end of July. I don't remember paying any attention to it when we lived in Glasgow. Or if it even existed. Ah! 3rd Mon per Glasgow Chamber of Commerce http://www.glasgowchamberonline.org/page.asp?id=31
Perhaps another fair came to exist 5 or 6 months later. Hogmanay certainly couldn't happen in summer!
I also learned it in folk clubs during my University days in the mid 60's. I don't think I remember meeting you then, though.