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  1. Burns Night 2019

    Burns Night 2019
    Burns Night 2019 Get ready for Burns Night 2019! Summon all the Scotsmen you know and celebrate Scotland's wonderful heritage of Friday 25th January 2019.   So why do we celebrate Burns Night? Burns Night, or rather Burns Supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns (25th January 1759 – 21st July 1796). He is iconic for...
  2. Scots assemble for Burns Night 2018!

    Scots assemble for Burns Night 2018!
    Who is a scots best friend? Robert Burns of course! It's that time of year again - Burns Night is fast approaching! This year the annual Scottish event takes place on Wednesday 25th January 2018! For anyone not so familiar with this occassion Burns Night is a day dedicated to celebrating the work of the Scottish Poet Robert Burns. The...
  3. Hogmanay & New Year Celebrations in Scotland

    Hogmanay & New Year Celebrations in Scotland
    Hogmanay Origins Christmas is celebrated by many countries across the world. It wasn’t until 1958 that it became a public holiday in Scotland.  The Church of Scotland discouraged the celebration of Christmas for nearly 400 years. The Scots instead celebrated the pagan traditions of Hogmanay from the evening of December 31st until the 1st January. Depending on the day it...
  4. Swanage Carnival 2017: Swanage goes global!

    Swanage Carnival 2017: Swanage goes global!
    For everyone that lives on the South coast of England, Swanage Carnival Procession is taking place on Sunday 30th July 2017! Swanage Carnival Procession - what's the theme this year? This year's theme is Swanage Goes Global! Decorate your float or come in costume to represent the national dress or features and characteristics of your favourite country! The fun begins before...
  5. Burns Night 2016

    Burns Night 2016
    Burns Night is a celebration held on the 25th January to honour the life and works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Burns NightEven though his life was tragically cut short, he was able to leave behind a legacy that would immortalise him for centuries. Who Was Robert Burns? Burns was born to a less than wealthy family, but he worked hard and got himself an education. He had a love of books which no doubt fuelled his passion for writing and poetry. He also had a passion for women that saw him father more than a dozen children to various women. A true Scottish hero! Continue reading →
  6. St Andrew's Day 2015

    St Andrew's Day 2015
    What is St Andrew's Day? On November the 30th the world celebrates St Andrew's Day, Scotland's national holiday day. It is a day of feasting and celebrating with music and dancing. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday and it is also a national holiday in Romania. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Romania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and Saint Andrew, Barbados. In these other European countries, superstition surrounds St Andrew's day, with many believing that the eve of this celebration is the opportune time to carry out rituals revealing the future husbands of single women. Traditionally these rituals were only performed by young women, but nowadays young men like to get involved in the festivities too. Continue reading →
  7. Burns Night 2015

    Burns Night 2015
    Burns Night is a celebration held on the 25th January, that honours the life and works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Even though his life was tragically cut short, he was able to leave behind a legacy that would immortalise him for centuries.Burns Night History Robert Burns was born in 1759 to a less than wealthy farming couple living off the Ayrshire coast in Scotland. He was to be the oldest of seven children and even with times of hardship always upon them his parents were keen to educate their offspring. Robert was able to group together with other families to share a tutor called John Murdoch, who taught him English grammar, giving him the tools he needed to become the poet we know and remember today. All that is, except the gift of singing it would seem as, ironically, a man who went on to write the most beautiful love songs had an “untuneable” voice according to his tutor. Career While Burns was becoming an educated man, he was still doing a full day’s work on the family farm to try and keep food on their table, but that would not keep him from his books. By the time Robert was 21 he had read the works of Shakespeare, David Hume, Adam Smith and nearly everything in between. This love of books fuelled his passion for literature and broadened his imagination. Books however were not his only passion in life. He had a love for women and celebrated them in songs and poetry. The legacy of Robert Burns includes many affairs which led to him fathering over a dozen children to various women! But it wasn’t just lust he saw for women; he also acknowledged them for their minds and opinions, believing them to have valuable insight. Continue reading →
  8. St Andrew's Day Celebrations

    St Andrew's Day Celebrations
    What is St Andrew's Day? On November the 30th the world celebrates St Andrew's Day, Scotland's national holiday day. There will be amazing parties everywhere, especially in Scotland. St Andrew's day is a feast day of St Andrew. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday. It is also a national holiday in Romania. Saint...

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