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Transcript of Scottish Festivals
On the 25th of January every year Scotland celebrates the birth of the very famous poet Robert Burns
At a Burns Supper the traditional food served is haggis, neeps and tatties.Adults would drink whisky to toast the haggis and children would toast with Irn Bru.
People might attend a Ceilidh where traditional Scottish Country Dancing would take place.
Tartan is worn with most men wearing a kilt.
Scotland also celebrates St Andrews Night on the 30th of November. St Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland and his cross is shown on the Scottish flag know as the Saltire
On St Andrews night we celebrate all things Scottish. People wear tartan and song s and poems from Robert Burns might be heard.
Scotland is known for its hospitality all over the world and many visitors come to Scotland or Scots who now live in far away lands return for Hogmanay or New Years Eve where we say good bye to the old year and ring in the new.
When the bells ring at midnight on Hogmanay people go out and visist family and friends. This is called First Footing You are expected to bring a gift of food, drink and coal. This is for good luck and is supposed to make sure the host will have plenty to eat, drink and warm their home in the coming year.
When the last bell has sounded at midnight on Hogmanay people toast each other and wish each other Happy New Year and then the song Auld Lang Syne is often sung.
The words 'Auld Lang Syne' literally translates from old Scottish dialect meaning 'Old Long Ago' and is about love and friendship in times past. The lyrics in the song Auld Lang Syne referring to 'We'll take a Cup of Kindness yet' relate to a drink shared by men and women to symbolise friendship. Happy New Year!!!!
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne!
Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We'll take a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne.
We hope you have enjoyed finding out about Scotland and that one day you will be able to take part in one of our festivals.