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Tartan
Tartan
Tartan
(Scottish Gaelic: breacan [ˈbɾʲɛxkən]) is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan
Tartan
is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. Tartan
Tartan
is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed. Tartan
Tartan
is made with alternating bands of coloured (pre-dyed) threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over—two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass
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Rugby Sevens
Rugby sevens
Rugby sevens
(commonly known simply as sevens) is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players playing seven minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40 minute halves. Rugby sevens
Rugby sevens
is administered by World Rugby, the body responsible for rugby union worldwide. The game is popular at all levels, with amateur and club tournaments generally held in the summer months. Sevens is one of the most well distributed forms of rugby, and is popular in parts of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and especially in the South Pacific.[2] Rugby sevens
Rugby sevens
originated in Melrose, Scotland
Melrose, Scotland
in the 1880s; the Melrose Sevens tournament is still played annually
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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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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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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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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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Imbolc
Imbolc
Imbolc
or Imbolg (/ɪˈmɒlɡ/ i-MOLG), also called (Saint) Brigid's Day
Day
(Irish: Lá Fhéile Bríde, Scottish Gaelic: Là Fhèill Brìghde, Manx: Laa'l Breeshey), is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1/2 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.[1][2] Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland
Scotland
and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Beltane, Lughnasadh
Lughnasadh
and Samhain[3]—and corresponds to the Welsh Gŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau. For Christians, especially in Ireland, it is the feast day of Saint Brigid. Imbolc
Imbolc
is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times
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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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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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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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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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Burning Of The Clavie
Burning the clavie is an ancient Scottish custom still observed at Burghead, a fishing village on the Moray Firth. The clavie is a collection of casks split in two, lit as a bonfire in the evening of 11 January, i.e. New Year's Eve (in Scotland, Hogmanay) by the Julian Calendar. One of these casks is joined together again by a huge nail (Latin clavis; hence the term, it may also be from Scottish Gaelic cliabh, a basket used for holding combustibles). It is then filled with tar, lighted and carried flaming round the village and finally up to a headland upon which stands the ruins of an altar, locally called the Doorie. It here forms the nucleus of the bonfire, which is built up of split casks. When the burning tar-barrel falls in pieces, the people scramble to get a lighted piece with which to kindle the New Year's fire on their cottage hearth
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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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Horseracing In Scotland
Horseracing in Scotland
Scotland
is a popular spectator sport, with a history dating back over 900 years. There are currently five operating racecourses in Scotland
Scotland
- one exclusively for flat racing, two exclusively for jump racing and two mixed
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