Scottish Traditions and Festivals
A yearbook of Scotland's traditions, customs and festivals, divided into seasons. Each section includes a date-listing of "What's On" at particular times - customs to view and take part in and how to get there.
- Paperback | 112 pages
- 95 x 197mm | 115g
- 01 Mar 1991
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Part 1 New Year and the Feasts of the Virgin Year: 1 Jan - New Years Day; 1st Monday - Auld Handsel Monday; 6 Jan - Uphalieday (Twelfth Night - Abbot of Misrule, Auld Yule; 11 Jan - Burning of the Clavie, Plough Monday; 16 Jan - Northern Nights; 18 Jan - Uphellyaa; 25 Jan - Burns Night; 26 Jan - St Conon's Day; 2 Feb - Candlesmas Ba' (Jedburgh); Tuesday after Candlemas - faster E'en (Shrove Tuesday). Part 2 the Traditions of Spring: 1 Mar - Whuppity Soutie, Lanark; 25 Mar - Annunciation Day, Legal New Years Day until 1599; 1 Apr - Hunt-the-Gowk; April - Links Market, Kirkcaldy; Old Candlemas Day; Kate Kennedy, St Andrews; 1 May - Beltane, the feast of fire festivals; 15 May - Whitsunday Term Day; 25 May - flitting day. Part 3 Summer Merrymaking: the common ridings; June - Newland Day, Bathgate; 9 June - St Columba's Day; 10 June - White Rose Day; 23 June - St John's Eve - Midsummer Fire, Durris; Lilias Day, Kilbarchan; Leith Races; Ceses Games; Guid Nychburris Day, Dumfries; Melrose Summer Festival; Beltane Fire, Peebles; Herring Queen, Eyemouth; St Ronan's Games, Innerleithen; July - Farmers' Parade, Kilwinning; Gala Day, Biggar; Douglas Day, Castle Douglas; Banjockburn Day Rally; 18 July - Feast of the Nine Maidens. Aug - The Arbroath Pagaent; Wallace Day. Part 4 Autumn Customs: the Flodden Ride; 8 Aug - the Burryman, South Queensferry; Horse & Plough festival, Orkney; 18 Tenant's Day, Irvine; Lamas - Market, St Andrews; Hat & Ribbon Race, Inverkeithing; Sept - Fishermen's Walk, Cockenzie; 29 Sept - Michaelmas; 18 Oct - Sour Cakes Day (St Luke's Day); 31 Oct - Hallowe'en. Part 5 Winter celebrations: 11 Nov - St Martin's Day, Martinmas, Scottish Term Day; 30 Nov - St Andrew's Day; 6 Dec - St Nicholas Day, Aberdeen; 24 Dec - Yule Een; 25 Dec - Yule; 26 Dec - Sweetie Scone Day; 31 Dec - Hogmanay.