- Scottish New Year
Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year, celebrated rather exuberantly in street
parties throughout the country. Celebrations start early in the evening and continue
until the bells chime in the New Year and every one sings Auld Lang Syne. The
origins of the festival reach far into the pagan past of Scotland with fire and
sun worship in the depths of winter. Today the biggest Festivals are held in Edinburgh,
Glasgow and Stirling.
"First footing" is a New Year' Day tradition.
According to this tradition the "first foot" in the house after midnight
should be male and should carry coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky.
In Kirkwall, Orkney, there is a New Year Ba' Game - an ancient form of football
played by around 200 men in the village streets.
Burning of the Clavie
Celebration for the Celtic New Year
Robbie Burns Night
On January 25 the life and work
of Scottish poet Rabbie Burns is celebrated with a ritual of food, drink and poetry.
January 25 is the birthday
of Scotland's most famous poet. The Burns Supper was started by his friends a
few years after his death in 1796 as a tribute to his memory. It has now become
a celebration of Scottishness.
- Scotland's Poetry Festival
only regular festival dedicated to poetry in Scotland, StAnza is international
in outlook. Held in the ancient university town of St Andrews, the festival presents
world class poets and writers performing in exciting, atmospheric venues.
A pagan fire festival which goes back to pre-Christian
times originating with Baal in Phoenicia.
Selkirk Common Riding
Celebration of the Battle of Flodden
Last two weeks of July, the fair dates from 1190.
Military Tattoo Festival
First three weeks of August