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Glasgow's George Square to host free 'Hogmanayday'

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Image caption Glasgow's George Square will host acts from around the Commonwealth as part of 'Hogmanayday', which runs from midday till 22:00 on 31 December

Glasgow will host a day of family events on Hogmanay.

Bagpipers, drummers and dancers will perform during the city's "Hogmanayday" between 12:00 and 22:00 on 31 December.

The free event at George Square will feature a giant ceilidh and stalls selling Scottish produce, while acts from Commonwealth countries will also perform.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said there would be "a wonderful party atmosphere".

Indian and Caribbean music and dancing will form part of the celebrations, marking Glasgow's hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Matheson added: "Scotland is renowned the world over for celebrating Hogmanay in style.

"As the country's biggest city, about to enter our biggest year on the world stage, we are preparing for Hogmanayday, a special way to see out 2013.

"2014 promises to be all about the Commonwealth so we are seeing out an old year and eagerly anticipating the coming of a new one by adding a twist to our traditional Scottish celebrations."

External Affairs minister Humza Yousaf said: "This year's Hogmanay celebrations reflect the diversity of both Glasgow and the Commonwealth.

"From ceilidh dancing in George Square to live Indian music in the heart of our city, I'm looking forward to bringing 2014 in with a bang."

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