I have lived in Scotland for the rest of my life. These are the six traditions I grew up in, and my American friends find it amazing.

Andrews on Mihaira Street

Miheira Friel photographed in St Andrews, Scotland.Mihaira Friel / Insider

  • I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and live in Glasgow for most of my life.

  • After spending time in the United States and Great Britain, I realized that Scottish traditions were not considered “typical.”

  • From burns supper to bagpipes, here’s all the traditions I grew up with.

I have lived in Scotland, England for almost my entire life.

Google map of scotland

A map showing Scotland in the United Kingdom.Google map

I was born in Scotland, a small country in England. 5.4 million inhabitants, According to the National Archives of Scotland.

Scotland is part of the UK, but some of the traditions I grew up in are not celebrated in other countries or around the world.

I live in this country for most of my life except for a short life Pennsylvania Study Abroad Semester I have been working in London in 2016 and for the past few years.

Only when I made friends who weren’t from Scotland, especially those based in the United States, did I realize how unique some of our traditions are to the rest of the world.

Every January, we celebrate Burns Night in honor of the famous poet Robert Burns.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns.Keane Collection / Getty Images

Burns Nights are held annually on January 25th in honor of Robert Burns, or “Rabbie Burns” known in Scotland.

Burns is an 18th century poet from Dumfries and is considered the national poet of the country.He is best known for writing lyrics “Auld Lang Syne” A song often played on New Year’s Eve in Scotland and other countries.

When I was in elementary school, the teachers used Burns Night to teach me about poetry. I remember appearing in “Burns Factor,” where I had to recite my favorite Burns poem.

At Burns Night, you’ll eat a traditional Scottish dish called “Burns Supper.”

Burn supper

Haggis, Neep, Tati.Colin McPherson / Corbis via Getty Images

At Burns Night, many families across Scotland enjoy “burns suppers” for dinner.

Burns supper consists of Haggis (Spicy meat wrapped in animal intestines), Neep (turnip), and Tati (potato). Most popular at Burns Night, my family eats haggis several times a year. It is usually served at restaurants at any time of the year.

Haggis has been Banned in the U.S. Since 1971, the traditional recipe includes sheep lungs. However, Vegetarian version According to iNews, some stores

Men wear quilts for important celebrations such as school proms, weddings and graduations.

Mihaira's parents' wedding

A photo of Miheira’s parents, Debbie and David Friel, on their wedding day in 1995.Mihaira Friel / Insider

Quilt Tartan skirt type clothes According to Scottish Lochcarron, it began in the highlands of Scotland in the 16th century.

It’s not like a man walking around every day. Quilts are preserved for special events such as school proms, graduations, weddings and more.

When I showed my parents’ picture above to a friend of an American student on the wedding day, I was surprised that my father wore a “skirt” and got married. But growing up in Scotland is a matter of course.

School dance does not dance to contemporary music. Instead, there is a traditional Scottish dance known as Cary.

Kaley Dance

During Hogmanay’s New Year celebrations in Edinburgh, people dance at the Royal Mile.Andrew Milligan / PA Images via Getty Images

Kaley is a group of partners or groups that includes dancing to traditional folk songs and setting choreography routines. All of these have their own names.For example, one of the most popular routines “Gay Gordon”

Growing up, our school threw Cary every year before Christmas. For the entire month of December, all gym classes were devoted to learning and practicing various routines.

It’s been many years since I went to Cary when I studied in America, but I still remembered every move of “Gay Gordon” and tried to (fail) teach my roommates.

Bagpipes are played at important events.


Bagpipe player in the Scottish Braemar gameTim Graham / Getty Images

Bagpipes are performed at a variety of events, including parades, funerals, and even school rallies. Bagpipe players are often seen performing street performances on the streets of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Bagpipe music is considered popular in Scotland and Red Hot Chilli Pipers Despite the negative portrayals of musical instruments in pop culture, it created their own name.

New Year’s Eve — known in Scotland as Hogmanay — has several traditions.

Edinburgh New Year Eve

Fireworks in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year’s Eve 2013.Roberto Ricciuti / Redferns via Getty Images

Hogmanay, the Scottish word for New Year’s Eve, is Link to French “hoginane” According to the BBC Newsround, it means “Galaday.” The publication adds that the term was first widely used after Mary, Queen of Scotland, returned from France to Scotland in 1561.

The Hogmanay tradition that I remember most vividly is called the “first scaffolding”, which means to be the first person to enter someone’s house (usually a relative or friend) after midnight for good luck. ..

Another tradition is to eat steak pie on New Year’s Day, which I did only on a handful of occasions.

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