Traditions & Culture

Traditions & Culture

The stories behind 7 of Scotland’s most popular tartans

OVER the centuries our national fabric has weaved its way into the hearts and minds of people across the globe.

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Video: Edinburgh fireworks at Hogmanay 2018

Spectacular choreographed pyrotechnics ushered in the new year at Edinburgh’s 25th annual Hogmanay celebration.

Revellers cross their arms and link hands while singing Auld Lang Syne, Picture: Ian Georgeson

Auld Lang Syne could be lost as only 3 per cent know the words

The future of Auld Lang Syne as the centrepiece of New Year celebrations around the world has been thrown into doubt after a new study showed just 3 per cent of people in the UK know the words.

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Can the Christmas card trace its origins back to Leith?

IT’S estimated that around a billion of them are sent every single year in the UK alone, but few have ever given the origin of the Christmas card a single thought. Some say it came from Leith.

A Christmas Tree. Picture: PA

When should you put your Christmas tree and decorations up?

For many Christmas-loving Brits it’s time to start considering when the Christmas decorations will go up, but when is the correct time to start the festivities? Here’s everything you need to know about turning your home into a winter wonderland this December (or November).

Children play on the model of the Golden Arrow engine in Jenners, Edinburgh, November 1965

Pictures of Edinburgh at Christmas from a bygone era

Christmas in Scotland’s capital seems to get bigger and begin earlier every year - but there was a time when it was a far simpler affair.

Next Hogmanay will see an early evening firework display as well as the main event. Picture: Chris Watt

Early evening fireworks for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Early-evening fireworks and a family-friendly concert will be staged in Edinburgh for the first time on Hogmanay as part of a major expansion of its winter festivals under new organisers.

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Clan members will have a starring role in the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo to give clan members starring role in 2017 production

Clan members from around the world will get the chance of a starring role in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time.
Up to 4000 Hogmanay revellers will be able to use the free tram service

Free trams laid on for Edinburgh's Hogmanay revellers

Free tram rides are to be laid on in Edinburgh for the first time since the controversial service began operating - for the city’s Hogmanay revellers.
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