13.08.2012, Author: highlander
Scotland is one of the best places in Europe for either a quiet or for an adventurous holiday. It is famous for its whisky and kilts, but it has a lot more to offer. The spectacular scenery, rolling hills and crystal lakes create an atmosphere of restful relaxation with strolls through the stunning scenery, golf and fishing. Scotland is also a place with thousands of years of fascinating history with the castles and ruins to prove it. For singles or couples looking for a glittering night life, Scotland has trendy clubs and live music in Glasgow and Edinburg and other cities.
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11.12.2010, Author: highlander
Celtic Sun Worship
In ancient times the Celts of Scotland celebrated the great fire festival of the winter solstice. At the solstice, the sun was reborn, with light and warmth emanating once more from this golden sphere of life and eternal energy.
The tree worshipping Druids also revered the evergreen and the oak, with its magical mistletoe, during this two week festival of the return of the sun. The eighth century influence of the Scandinavian Vikings added Germanic elements to the celebration, such as the burning of great bon fires and the shamanic magic of Odin.
In the late middle ages, the Catholic church expropriated the winter solstice celebration, replacing sun worship with son worship. When the Protestant reformation came in the sixteenth century, the Protestants proclaimed that this winter Bacchanalia was pagan and Papist and that the Scots should not celebrate it.
Until the 1950s, Christmas was not celebrated in Scotland. Since that time, the winter holiday has grown in popularity until it now very much resembles Christmas in the United States, with its gift giving and Santa Claus and intemperate feasting, and decorated Christmas trees, with stockings hung by the fire. What is unique about the Scottish holiday celebration can be seen in the various and varied cities of Scotland. Czytaj całość »
18.01.2010, Author: highlander
The Scots are a proud people with a rich heritage steeped in culture, custom and tradition. And many of the Scottish traditions have been carried on for centuries in Celtic cultures and by immigrants around the world.
The Burns Night Supper is a dinner event commemorating Robert Burns, celebrated on the poet’s birthday on January 25. Friends and family will assemble for a traditional haggis meal, accompanied by a reading of his poems and speeches, followed by a group sing-a-long to the Robert Burns’ songs. Czytaj całość »