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Hogmanay
Hogmanay
Hogmanay
(Scots: [ˌhɔɡməˈneː];[1] English: /ˌhɒɡməˈneɪ/ HOG-mə-NAY[2]) is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. It is normally followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year's Day
New Year's Day
(1 January) or, in some cases, 2 January—a Scottish bank holiday. The origins of Hogmanay
Hogmanay
are unclear, but it may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances
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Shinty
Shinty
Shinty
(Scottish Gaelic: camanachd, iomain) is a team game played with sticks and a ball. Shinty
Shinty
is now played mainly in the Scottish Highlands, and amongst Highland migrants to the big cities of Scotland, but it was formerly more widespread in Scotland,[1] and was even played for a considerable time in England[2] and other areas in the world where Scottish Highlanders migrated.[3] While comparisons are often made with field hockey, the two games have several important differences. In shinty, a player is allowed to play the ball in the air and is allowed to use both sides of the stick, called a caman, which is wooden and slanted on both sides. The stick may also be used to block and to tackle, although a player may not come down on an opponent's stick, a practice called hacking
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Curling
Curling
Curling
is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice.[2] Each team has eight stones, with each player throwing two. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones
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Beltane
Beltane
Beltane
(/ˈbɛl.teɪn/)[3][4] is the anglicised name for the Gaelic May Day
May Day
festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland
Scotland
and the Isle of Man. In Irish the name for the festival day is Lá Bealtaine ([l̪ˠaː ˈbʲal̪ˠt̪ˠənʲə]), in Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
Là Bealltainn ([l̪ˠa: ˈpjaul̪ˠt̪ˠɪɲ]) and in Manx Gaelic Laa Boaltinn/Boaldyn. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh—and is similar to the Welsh Calan Mai. Beltane
Beltane
is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature, and it is associated with important events in Irish mythology. It marked the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures
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May Day
May Day
May Day
is a public holiday usually celebrated on May 1. It is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival[1] and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities
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Lughnasadh
LughnasadhAlso called Lúnasa (Modern Irish) Lùnastal (Scottish Gaelic) Luanistyn (Manx Gaelic)Observed by Historically: Gaels Today: Irish people, Scottish people, Manx people, Celtic neopagans, WiccansType Cultural, Pagan (Celtic polytheism, Celtic Neopaganism)Significance Beginning of the harvest seasonCelebrations Offering of First Fruits, feasting, handfasting, fairs, athletic contestsDate 1 AugustRelated to Calan Awst, Lammas Lughnasadh
Lughnasadh
or Lughnasa (pronounced /ˈluːnəsə/, LOO-nə-sə) is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland
Scotland
and the Isle of Man. In Modern Irish it is called Lúnasa, in Scottish Gaelic: Lùnastal, and in Manx: Luanistyn. Originally it was held on 1 August, or about halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox
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Samhain
Samhain
Samhain
(/ˈsɑːwɪn, ˈsaʊɪn/; Irish: [sˠəuɪnʲ]) is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Bealtaine
Bealtaine
and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland
Scotland
and the Isle of Man
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Skalk
The skalk refers to the Scottish Hebridean tradition of drinking a dram of whisky as an aperitif before breakfast. The word is an anglicization of the Scots Gaelic
Scots Gaelic
word scailg meaning literally "a sharp blow to the head." The tradition was notably observed by the English writer Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson
during his tour of the Western Isles of Scotland
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Radio In Scotland
Radio
Radio
enjoys a large number of listeners in the United Kingdom. There are around 600 licensed radio stations in the country
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Television In Scotland
Television in Scotland
Scotland
mostly consists of UK-wide broadcasts, with variations at different times which are specific to Scotland. Scotland has no major television channel of its own and most people receive channels that are broadcast to the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
as a whole, including five terrestrial channels and various digital channels.Contents1 Terrestrial channels1.1 BBC
BBC
Scotland 1.2 ITV in Scotland2 News Programming 3 Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
Television 4 The Scottish Six 5 Scottish television personalities 6 References 7 See alsoTerrestrial channels[edit] Viewers in Scotland
Scotland
receive four or five public terrestrial television stations. All of these are regional variants/opt-outs upon British television channels
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Cinema Of Scotland
Scotland
Scotland
has produced many films, directors and actors.Contents1 Scottish film directors1.1 List of Scottish film directors2 Scottish movie & TV actors 3 Scots-language films 4 Scots Gaelic language films 5 Scottish films 6 Movies filmed in Scotland6.1 List of movies filmed in Scotland7 See also 8 References 9 External linksScottish film directors[edit] Scotland
Scotland
has also been the birthplace of many film directors, some of whom have won multiple awards or enjoy a cult reputation. May Miles Thomas is one of these multi award-winning Scottish directors, having won Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer and Best Performance at the BAFTA
BAFTA
New Talent Awards and Best Achievement in Production at the British Independent Film Awards
British Independent Film Awards
for her film One Life Stand
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Lanark Lanimers
Every June the town of Lanark
Lanark
in Scotland
Scotland
holds its Lanimer celebrations. The festivities reach a high point on the Thursday of Lanimer week, when the town's schoolchildren parade in fancy dress with decorated vehicles, pipe bands, and a Lanimer Queen and her Court, who have been elected from local schools. The Lanimer Celebrations are based on King David I (r. 1124 - 1153) granting Lanark
Lanark
the status of Royal Burgh
Royal Burgh
during his reign. A condition of the charter stated that the merchants of the town must inspect their March or boundary stones each year
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Golf
Golf
Golf
is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible. Golf, unlike most ball games, cannot and does not utilize a standardized playing area, and coping with the varied terrains encountered on different courses is a key part of the game. The game at the highest level is played on a course with an arranged progression of 18 holes, though recreational courses can be smaller, usually 9 holes. Each hole on the course must contain a tee box to start from, and a putting green containing the actual hole or cup (4.25 inches in diameter)
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Football In Scotland
Association football
Association football
is one of the national sports of Scotland[1] and the most popular sport in the country
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Hackle
The hackle is a clipped feather plume that is attached to a military headdress. In the British Army
British Army
and the armies of some Commonwealth countries, the hackle is worn by some infantry regiments, especially those designated as fusilier regiments and those with Scottish and Northern Irish origins. The colour of the hackle varies from regiment to regiment. The modern hackle has its origins in a much longer plume, originally referred to by its Scots name, heckle, which was commonly attached to the feather bonnet worn by Highland regiments (now usually only worn by drummers, pipers and bandsmen)
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Norn Language
Norn is an extinct North Germanic language that was spoken in the Northern Isles
Northern Isles
( Orkney
Orkney
and Shetland) off the north coast of mainland Scotland
Scotland
and in Caithness
Caithness
in the far north of the Scottish mainland. After Orkney
Orkney
and Shetland
Shetland
were pledged to Scotland
Scotland
by Norway
Norway
in 1468–69, it was gradually replaced by Scots
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