Celebrating in Scotland

Scotland, the northern third island of Great Britain is also part of the United Kingdom; sharing a border with England to the south and to the east by the North Sea. It is also bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and to the southwest by the North Channel and Irish Sea. There are more than 790 islands in Scotland. Its population is 5,295.000 in the 2011 census.  The Scottish people are a nation that respect its traditions and loves to celebrate them.

Scottish Culture and Festivities

The Edinburgh International Festival started in 1947 is an annual festival and celebration of the arts. For over fifty years now, this festival is observed as one of the most important celebrations of the arts in Scotland and abroad.

The Hogmanay Festival is essentially a unique New Year’s celebration. This festival is normally held every 31st day of December and is phenomenally well supported with loud voices and laughter. It’s a ticketed festival that starts early in the evening up to its peak at midnight with the ringing of bells and plenty of greeting each other.

This is followed shortly by the singing of an old folk song the ‘Auld Lang Syne’ meaning the good old days. This song was based on the original poem written by Robert Burns and later played to the tune of an old folk song yet very famous worldwide even until today. What a beautiful way to look at the year that has just passed with gratitude and facing the year ahead with hope and love.

Highland Games

Many Highland Games are held in the highlands of Scotland. These games provide a showcase of traditional sports that tourists and locals alike can partake of. The games include the bagpipes, the kilt, the caber toss, the tug-o-war, and other heavy events. The popularity of the events has made them symbols of Scotland.

 The Cowal Game or the Cowal Highland Gathering that is held in Dunoon, Scotland every August is the world’s largest Highland game gathering with about 3,500 competitors and 23,000 spectators somewhere in the region.

Scotland holds these events throughout the year in celebration of its culture and heritage, particularly that of the Scottish Highlands.  Aside from the competitions, there are the piping, drumming, dancing, and other Scottish entertainment events.  There are exhibits too, mostly of Gaelic and Scottish way of life.

Visiting Scotland

Visiting Scotland therefore is a triple event. It is a learning activity of the culture and traditions of the Scottish people. How they preserved their culture is amazing.  The visit is entertaining too with all those dancing, bagpiping, drumming and watching the games as well as the exhibits. A sporty kind of visit is another event for those who are interested to join the games or compete.

Added to the events are the beautiful sceneries of Scotland. The castles remind us of the past, the majestic empires, and the royal history. The beaches and rocky ocean views allure us tourists to come and visit Scotland. The magnificent hills of the highlands are so naturally refreshing and clean with tall trees at the backdrop. So, what are you waiting for? Come join us in our visit to Scotland.

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