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Hogmanay

December 31, 2015

Happy Hogmanay from Scotland New Years Eve is celebrated around the world but here in Scotland we call it Hogmanay! Edinburgh Castle Fireworks at Hogmanay (Image:Edinburgh.org) There are many theories about the meaning of the word Hogmanay, and many believe we inherited the celebration from the Vikings. Led by Shetland’s Up Helly Aa Vikings a torchlight procession through the centre of Edinburgh kicks of this year’s Hogmanay Celebrations (Image:BBC News) Christmas was not celebrated in Scotland until fairly recently, after the Church Reformation in the 16th Century, the celebration of Christmas was frowned on by the Church of Scotland. Christmas Day was a normal…

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Halloween

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from Scotland The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (summer’s end). The Celtic year was determined by the growing seasons and Samhain marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the dark cold winter. The festival symbolised the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead. In the 9th century, the Roman Catholic Church shifted the date of All Saints’ Day to the 1st of November, while the 2nd of November later became All Souls’ Day. Over time, Samhain and All…

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WW1 Centenary 4th August 2014

August 3, 2014

Today marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, 100 years on: Lest we forget  In July 2013,  I made an emotional journey to France and Belgium to trace my relatives who died in the Great War you can read more about my experience here: http://www.hoosewifey.com/journey-western-front-day-1/ http://www.hoosewifey.com/journey-western-front-day-2/ http://www.hoosewifey.com/journey-western-front-day-2-part-2/ http://www.hoosewifey.com/journey-western-front-day-3/ http://www.hoosewifey.com/journey-western-front-day-3-part-2/ http://www.hoosewifey.com/journey-western-front-day-4/ http://www.hoosewifey.com/journey-western-front-day-4-part-2/ Commemorative events to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War will also take place across the UK and in Belgium. Events in your area will be covered and updated on social media. Find out more information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100-years-on-lest-we-forget http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-28584147    …

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