For some a special event is a designated day or holiday such as Christmas Day or Valentine´s Day, but for others it can represent a birth or confirmation, whilst for others it can be a treat to say thank you, or I appreciate you. Some say it with flowers, others with a pieces of jewellery, but whatever your taste, it is always nice to know that your efforts are appreciated and rewarded with a gift.
Auld Lang Syne
Ask any Scot who wrote Auld Lang Syne and they will reply Robert Burns. I would also have given the same answer, which is both right and wrong.
Beware the Ides of March
The expression 'Beware the Ides of March' is first found in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, 1601. The line is the soothsayer's message to Julius Caesar, warning of his death.
On the 25th January every year, Scots and Scots-at-heart come together to celebrate the life and works of Scotland´s national poet, Robert Burns.
Christmas Day History
Christmas Day is a globally celebrated religious holiday and over two billion people which represents over a third of the world's population, will celebrate the birth of Christ. It is uncertain however how many of these people know or appreciate the origins of christmas day and its associated traditions.
New Year's Eve is a big celebration for millions of people all over the world, but it is a particularly big deal in Scotland where it is called Hogmanay. Festivities take place all over Scotland and last for three days, beginning at the end of December and ending on 2 January. Scottish people in fact have two days of holiday following the celebrations, unlike the rest of the UK, which just has one on New Year's Day.
Remembrance Day Explained
Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Poppy Day and the Day of Remembrance are the same but Remembrance Sunday is different. We explain the history behind this important day of remembrance and how it differs from Remembrance Sunday.
St David's Day
St David, the patron saint of Wales is celebrated on the 1 March.
To mark the day, Welsh people around the world wear one or both of the Welsh national emblems - a daffodil and a leek. Special concerts and parades are also held in St David's honour.
Patron saints are chosen to be special protectors over all areas of life. England, Ireland and Scotland all have their own patron saint to whom they dedicate a day.
St. Andrews Day
November in a style all of their own. As autumn leaves fall and the wind sharpens to a frigid bite, the Scots commemorate their national saint by welcoming the winter season with extra doses of their renown good cheer and hospitality.
St. George's Day
St. George's Day is not a public holiday, so businesses have normal opening hours.