Each day of the Hogman period is represented by a door, starting with Hogman-Z on 6th December and ending with Hogman-A on 31st December. Click on the letter to see that day's picture. Click here to see why the Hogman Calendar is better than an advent calendar.
A Hogman Calendar is a traditional Scottish calendar, similar in concept, but significantly predating, the Advent Calendar. It is used to count down from Hogman-Z on 6th December to Hogman-A (often misspelt "Hogmanay") on 31st December. Each day is represented by a door, which when opened on the correct day, reveals a picture. In recent years, as with many other traditions, the original Scottish version is being phased out in favour of the English Advent Calendar.
Since time immemorial pig farmers have gathered each December to compare their finest animals. When the start of the new year changed from April to January in 1600 this offered the perfect chance to align the celebrations of the hog men with the celebration of the new year.
To commemorate this, the farmers decided to hold an official contest to find who had bred the 26 best pigs in all the land. One announcement would be made each day in December, culminating with the winner announced on the last day of the year. The results used letters instead of numbers, since "Z" was cheaper to have printed than "26".
So, on 6th December 1599 the first door marked Hogman-Z was opened showing a picture of a fine looking pig. On each of the next 25 days another door was opened, until finally Hogman-A was opened and much partying ensued.
The Hogman calendar continued in this form for many years until in 1846 someone had the idea to produce smaller versions of the calendar to sell to people - of course, people couldn't be trusted not to open all the doors straight away and find out which pig had won, and so the smaller version used other pictures, and thus was born the modern Hogman Calendar.
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