If you've ever spent Hogmanay in Edinburgh, you'll know there is nothing quite like it. No one celebrates Hogmanay quite like the Scots do, but in Edinburgh, we really show the rest of the world how it's done. For three days the city fills with flocks of tourists, ready to see the new year in with a bang. As you walk through the city there are gigs and events dotted throughout, all beckoning for your attention.
Perhaps the most unique of all Hogmanay celebrations, is that of the ancient fireball ceremony in Stonehaven. The idyllic fishing town, a mere 16 miles south of Aberdeen, hosts its annual Fireball Ceremony. This ancient celebration, of fire acrobatics, sees 60 locals parade the town streets, swinging the heavy fire-balls above their heads.
Did you know that in Scotland, Christmas was banned for nearly 400 years? This offers an explanation as to why we are so well equipped for our New Years celebrations, without having so many old Scottish Christmas traditions. The most interesting fact about current Scottish Christmas traditions, is that they haven't been around for very long, however there are many traditions before the ban came in to place.
Forget Throwback Thursdays, here at Scotweb, we're doing Tartan Tuesdays! This week we look at the Seton tartan and learn about the history of the clan.
This week we celebrate the birthday and work of Sir David Brewster, who created the kaleidoscope.
quiach /kwex/ pronounced: kw-ay-ch
derived from Gaelic cuach 'cup'
It is hard to guess from its appearance exactly what a quaich is. Indeed, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it was a small decorative bowl with little other purpose, beyond being aesthetically pleasing. In fact, the quaich has a much more interesting beginning than that of a posh ornament.