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TITLE
Hogmanay Shortbread
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_JANETMACINNES_03
DATE OF RECORDING
1991
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Janet MacInnes
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1709
KEYWORDS
New Year
New Years
pagan
traditions
customs
superstitions
first footing
audio

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At Hogmanay, shortbread is often taken as a 'first foot' gift. In this audio extract, storyteller Janet MacInnes offers an explanation for the design of the shortbread. The extract is from Moray Firth Radio's 'Recollections' series.

Well one of things they may bring, in fact, is cake or shortbread. Now, something that fascinated me; I can see the reason to crimp the edges of a pie - it holds it together - but I never quite knew why you crimped the edges of shortbread. But, in fact, it's because it's a reflection of the sun god, and the rays from the sun god, and that was why the edge of a piece of shortbread was patterned because the old Celtic religion believed that if you portrayed something in image, you were showing the gods how you wanted it to be. So if you presented to the gods a gift of shortbread portrayed in the sun's image of a frill, or zigzag round the edges, then you were saying, 'Come back, sun god.'

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Hogmanay Shortbread

1990s

New Year; New Years; pagan; traditions; customs; superstitions; first footing; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Hogmanay

At Hogmanay, shortbread is often taken as a 'first foot' gift. In this audio extract, storyteller Janet MacInnes offers an explanation for the design of the shortbread. The extract is from Moray Firth Radio's 'Recollections' series.<br /> <br /> Well one of things they may bring, in fact, is cake or shortbread. Now, something that fascinated me; I can see the reason to crimp the edges of a pie - it holds it together - but I never quite knew why you crimped the edges of shortbread. But, in fact, it's because it's a reflection of the sun god, and the rays from the sun god, and that was why the edge of a piece of shortbread was patterned because the old Celtic religion believed that if you portrayed something in image, you were showing the gods how you wanted it to be. So if you presented to the gods a gift of shortbread portrayed in the sun's image of a frill, or zigzag round the edges, then you were saying, 'Come back, sun god.'