January 2020

From Imbolc to Candlemas; From the Goddess Brìde to Saint Brigid.

2020-01-31T21:26:49+00:00

Imbolc is a festival which pre-dates the arrival of Christianity in Scotland. The Coming of Christianity In the dawning of time, when Christian missionaries first arrived on Scotland’s shores, they faced a colossal challenge. They were dealing with a strange mix of peoples: the Dal Riadic people of the West, the indigenous Britons of Strathclyde [...]

From Imbolc to Candlemas; From the Goddess Brìde to Saint Brigid.2020-01-31T21:26:49+00:00

Are the Scots a Nation of Pyromaniacs? Midwinter Fire Festivals in Scotland

2020-01-27T23:35:35+00:00

I am convinced that the Scots are a nation of pyromaniacs. I used to work in a laboratory connected to a famous Scottish food factory located on the banks of the River Spey. The guys that I worked with were obsessed with lighting fires and causing explosions. Alright, so when ‘Fire Starter’ was playing on [...]

Are the Scots a Nation of Pyromaniacs? Midwinter Fire Festivals in Scotland2020-01-27T23:35:35+00:00

December 2019

Hogmanay: The Traditions of Scotland’s New Year’s Eve

2019-12-31T12:40:20+00:00

Hogmanay is by far the biggest celebration in the Scottish year. Traditionally it surpasses Christmas in the degree to which it is celebrated. But why? From ancient times the Winter Solstice has been celebrated by the early people of Scotland. With the coming of Christianity, Christmas became a major celebration. However, during the Protestant Reformation, [...]

Hogmanay: The Traditions of Scotland’s New Year’s Eve2019-12-31T12:40:20+00:00

Christmas in Scotland through the Ages

2019-12-29T15:52:32+00:00

Did you know that once upon a time, Christmas was banned in Scotland- by the Kirk? And that Christmas has only recently become a public holiday? However, from before the dawn of time, this time of year has been important to the inhabitants of Scotland. Stone Age Megaliths are aligned to the Winter Solstice. Many [...]

Christmas in Scotland through the Ages2019-12-29T15:52:32+00:00