Celebrating Scotland: 4 Traditional Scottish Celebrations

Scotland, like most countries, has its own culture and traditions. And these traditions often include fun-filled celebrations commemorating important parts of their history. As if we need more reasons to visit this country.

We all know Scotland is filled with spectacular, other-worldly sights. That seems to be enough to persuade us to visit the country. But add these amazing festivals and Scotland is too beautiful to resist. When you do visit, here are 4 great Scottish festivals and celebrations you should participate in to complete your vacation.


Burns Night

While Burns night is not a public holiday and businesses are still open, this is still a very popular day and people still love to celebrate it. A lot of groups hold something called a Burns Supper during this day. During this supper, toasts are made, pieces written by Robert Burns are read, and delicious food are served.

A significant part of this celebration is the entrance of the haggis. The haggis is a type of sausage prepared in a sheep’s stomach and served on a large platter while pipers play melancholic music. The host then reads an ode called “Address to Haggis” written by Robert Burns about the dish.

St. Andrews Day

Scotland’s national day is the St. Andrews Day. Celebrated every year on November 30, this holiday is celebrated with Scottish food, music, dancing, and more. Enjoy the day with the Scottish and celebrate the country and its rich history. Dancing and hearing great songs are only a few of the fun activities you get to enjoy on this night.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Supporting and celebrating art and culture has never been better. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe offers tons of entertainment that helps you learn more about art and enjoy it as well. An explosion of color and culture, enjoy showcases from extremely talented artists and performers from around the world.

The Fringe, a nickname for the festival, is being held from August 6 – 30 this year. Art isn’t just limited to painting and drawing. In this festival, you’ll see comedy and theatre, dance and circus, opera and spoken word. It’s all there.


On the 31st of December, the Scottish celebrate a day called the Hogmanay. While most countries call this day New Year’s Eve, the Scottish call it this one. The Scottish believe that the return of Mary, Queen of Scots to Scotland from France was the first time the word was used.

On the 1st of January, something called the First footing occurs. It is tradition that after midnight someone male, dark, and handsome should carry the symbolic coal, shortbread, salt, black bun, and whisky.


Each country has their own culture. And we have to respect that. In order to do so, we should have some basic knowledge of the traditions of the country we’re visiting. And when we get there, we can celebrate these holidays and traditions well. To help you out, check the list of 4 Scottish festivals and traditions above.