Are the Outlander portals open on New Year’s Day?

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New Year is a big time in Scotland. Does that mean the Outlander portals are open today? Here’s everything you need to know.

Hogmanay is the name given to New Year’s Eve in Scotland. It’s a huge celebration with a lot of traditions. In fact, Outlander has included some mentions of traditions and superstitions during this time of year.

If that’s the case, does it mean it’s a time of the year that the portals open in the world of Outlander? Could you have passed through them on New Year’s Eve? Are they open today, New Year’s Day?

The Outlander portals don’t open at New Year

There is some bad news. If you were looking at time traveling to find your own Jamie Fraser, then you can’t do it today. While Hogmanay is a big thing in Scotland, it’s not one of the times of the year that the stones open.

Hogmanay’s history isn’t as far back as you’d think. According to BBC, it may date back to 1561 when Mary, Queen of Scots, returned to Scotland from France. There are other connections linked to the yuletide celebrations and potential meanings to the word.

It is not quite the celebration that dates back to the druids. And it’s the druids we’re looking at when it comes to the Outlander portals. Sure, there were celebrations to mark the new year, but the dates were different. The end of the year was marked at Samhain—Halloween. We know this is one of the dates the stones open.

The time in December that the stones open is the Winter Solstice. In 2021, that was on Dec. 21. The date changes slightly each year. The next time the stones will open is on Feb. 1, 2022. This is Imbolc, and one of the eight big festive days in the pagan calendar.

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