Scotland is the country of men wearing skirts, special festivals …. and a lot of surprises.
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Edinburgh International Festival is part of the most important summer events in Scotland and throughout the United Kingdom.
Established after World War II, it invited artists and audiences to a world-class festival, and over the years it has become a cultural and social event of Scottish capital.
ST ANDREWS UNIVERSITY RAISIN MONDAY FESTIVAL
At the University of St Andrews, in the new school year, senior students will lead a new student to visit the campus. At the Raisin Monday in November, the new student will give his person in charge 0.45 kg of grapes to show gratitude and hope to receive a certificate written in Latin.
Students who fail will be thrown into the fountain. Nowadays, raisins are replaced with a bottle of wine, and water splashes instead of plastered soap.
HOGMANAY – NEW YEAR’S FESTIVAL IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Famous for being the world’s most celebrated New Year celebrations, Hogmanay is not only celebrated for the Scottish people but also inviting everyone from around the world to join.
For Scottish people, New Year is always a special holiday than Christmas. And most of the people here have known the whole of the world through the Hogmanay fire festival – the New Year’s celebration in Edinburgh. People have long been accustomed to pouring out on the street on the end of December 31 to celebrate the New Year and drink together.
UP HELLY AA’S TRADITIONAL FIRE FESTIVAL
Up Helly Aa’s traditional fire festival takes place on the last Tuesday of January every year in Scotland. This traditional event is held on Shetland Island with a series of spectacular activities such as parades, singing, dancing, torch relaying and partying. The festival commemorates and celebrates the long-standing Viking culture that has left a major impact on the Nordic region. Up Helly Aa’s was first held in 1881. Since 1956, young volunteers were also allowed to participate in the festival, called Vi-kids.
CELTIC FIRE FESTIVAL
With a history of nearly 2000 years, the Celtic fire festival is celebrated for the start of winter, considered to be the forerunner of Halloween in Scotland.