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Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay

A torchlight procession through the centre of Edinburgh has kicked off the city’s official Hogmanay celebrations. Up to 7,500 torchbearers dressed as Vikings led about 20,000 people from The Mound and Princes Street to Calton Hill, while fireworks and light displays lit up the skies. Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the new year.

Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
Men dressed as Vikings take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
Men dressed as Vikings take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
People take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
A man dressed as a Viking takes part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
People take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
People watch fireworks on North Bridge following a torchlight procession through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
People take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
People watch fireworks on North Bridge following a torchlight procession through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
Men dressed as Vikings take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
Men dressed as Vikings take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
People take part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)
Torchlight procession begins Hogmanay
A man dressed as a Viking leads the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Getty Images)