The Military Tattoo celebrates its 60th anniversary

Military Tattoo celebrates

The Military Tattoo is, without a doubt, one of the most important events of all those celebrated throughout the year in Edinburgh. The edition of the next 2010, in addition, will be even more special if it fits, since it will coincide with the celebration of its 60 anniversary. Usually the tickets to attend this festival are sold out several weeks before the program starts, so if you plan to attend or make a good gift to a lover of these shows in which bagpipes and dance are combined, you can go Buying them.

With eight months remaining until the sound of the sound of the castle in Edinburgh, the entrances have been on sale since December 1st. Rather, it has started the reservation period of some tickets whose prices range from 20 to 50 euros. To get them just go to the official website of Military Tattoo, click on the Buy Tickets link and choose date and location of the locations. The only limitation is the number of tickets that can be purchased, a maximum of eight per person.

Of course, for now, there are still many possibilities, as it should not be forgotten that next year’s Military Tattoo will last between August 6 and 28. The presentations of the various groups will be held in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, and with a double session during the weekends.

The intention of the organizers of the event is to reconnect the best talent on four continents between bagpipers, gymnasts, singers, dancers and an incredible motorcycle exhibition team, run by the Docklands team, who will arrive from London to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Anniversary coinciding with the 60th birthday of the Military Tattoo Transvaal, South Africa, Scotland, South Australia, Charleston, New Zealand or Coldstream Guards are some of the places of origin for the participants of the next edition.

The central protagonist will once again be music, in an event marked notorious for its strong international character. In addition, on certain days the musical performances will be complemented by the launching of fireworks from Edinburgh Castle. This spectacle will not only be seen by the spectators of the festival, but by all that is in the Scottish capital thanks to the high that is the fortification.

Christmas lasts a month in Edinburgh

Christmas lasts a month in Edinburgh

I do not want to fool you with the headline. Not that they enjoy for a month of vacations, much less, but in the Scottish capital begin to celebrate Christmas when it has not yet finished November. So, not surprisingly, they presume that theirs is the best New Year’s Eve party in the world. One of the events that concentrates most of the festive programming is Edinburgh’s Christmas, which takes place in the gardens of Princess Street.

The festival includes a wide variety of activities that also include the shops, restaurants and all kinds of local in the city so that the celebration is entirely global. In this way it is not surprising that Edinburgh overflows with enthusiasm and joy at Christmas, making it an ideal destination to enjoy these holidays. If you do it in the company of children, they will enjoy it. Otherwise it will also be an unforgettable experience for the adults who participate in this trip, meeting again with some elements that will return them to their infancy.

And one of the most representative images of Christmas in Edinburgh is the huge Ferris wheel that can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, especially at night, when the lights surround it with a total magic. As if this were not enough, a large ice rink is set up at the end of November, which delights both adults and children. This year will be the largest of all installed outdoors in Europe.

To this must be added the traditional Christmas market of Germany, the herd of reindeer of Santa Claus that can be seen, the popular Scottish marathon of Santa Claus or the Winter Wonderland. This is only a small part of what is part of the official programming, although there are many other activities that are generated in the city during the Christmas days and which entail many magical surprises to discover in Edinburgh. For example, the shops turn around with the celebrations and, in addition to extending their opening hours, present some interesting discounts to encourage sales.

The starting point of all this Christmas festival will be next November 26, from five-thirty, for when it is planned to produce the official lighting of the lights. The lighting will not go out until the beginning of January, so you have more than a month to enjoy this Christmas. One more reason to travel to Edinburgh.

The Christmas markets in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Christmas Market

Christmas in Scotland is a fairly new tradition as it was not until 1970 when it became an official holiday.

In Edinburgh, during these dates several Christmas markets are organized. And it is the city of Scotland where this party is most celebrated.

The traditional German market, the Highland Village Christmas Market, which takes place in East Princes Street Gardens from 24 November to 4 January. In the we can find from traditional Scottish food to the famous teddy bears. In addition, we can enjoy the tradition of ice skating on the track located in the middle of the market.

Another of the most important Christmas markets is the German Christmas Market, which is organized by the Germans living in Edinburgh and has a tradition since the Middle Ages. Traditional German food such as potato treats or gingerbread cookies delight the visitors of this flea market.

Every year the Castle Street Ethics Christmas Fair is held in Edinburgh, this year the dates are from December 10 to 18. In their positions we can find from organic food to fair trade products.

At the corner of Leith Street and York Place we will find Dreaming of a Noir Christmas, which offers a market and a street cabaret. We can find ideas for Christmas gifts while enjoying a show with live music. Lasts from 8 to 24 December.

In Glasgow, meanwhile, only highlights one market, the Glasgow Christmas Market, which is held in St. Enoch Square. There you will find from the German gastronomic specialties like glühwein or hot wine, gingerbread, sausages, Christmas sweets … until the sale of handmade silver and amber articles, toys, candles.

From November 18 to December 23 we can visit this market in the central square of Glasgow. The stands are open from Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 7 pm, closing from Thursday to Saturday an hour later. Sundays open from 11 to 18 hours.

Hogmanay, the Scottish new year


The Scottish Hogmanay festival takes place between 29th December and 2nd January, and although celebrating New Year’s Eve is a custom that was introduced in Scotland 5 centuries ago, this festival is much older than the current one calendar. The celebration of the Hogmanay comes from the old rites of the solstice, and was merged with the Christian Christmas from the year 1600.

Officially, St. Andrew’s Day commences on November 30, but it is during the last days of the year that torchlight processions, fireworks displays and street performers can be admired throughout the streets of Edinburgh. One of the most traditional expressions of these festivals is the popular dance of ceilidh, essential in most traditional festivals in Scotland.

The origin of the word is unknown, being able to come from both the Celtic and the Norman, as is its concrete meaning although it is associated with Christmas jubilation. The first documentary reference to this term comes from the year 1604, being written like Hagmonay, and later it is mentioned in a treaty of Presbyterian Elocuencia. It is believed that the origin of this tradition may be the ancient Nordic solstice ritual, as in the case of the Gaelic Samhain, and which the Vikings called Yule. The fact that this tradition has remained to this day, even with the Church against pagan rituals, is that it was held in hiding for many years.

During the night of December 29, after the traditional dances, the fire and lights procession begins, at which time the Royal Mile is illuminated by thousands of people carrying torches, all dressed up with the best popular music of Scotland. Inside the Cathedral of St Giles, classical music concerts are organized in the light of candles.

The Cornham in Scotland, origin and history

The Cornham in Scotland

One of the musical instruments that have most penetrated in the Scottish culture is the Cornamusa, an instrument of wind whose invention is lost in the times of the Ancient Rome. Very similar to the Cromorno is a double-reed instrument and is commonly confused with the traditional bagpipe, due to its similar operation.

In the times of the Roman Empire, cleat was popularly used by shepherds, both in Europe and in the westernmost part of Asia, having derived its models over time, depending on the region in which we find ourselves: North Africa, Western Asia , Eastern Europe … Those used in Western Europe differ in that they use conical section caramels, and have in common with them the use of double single tongue, which can give scales of 9 notes.

The model that we can find in Scotland is the so-called Highland, and they are conserved copies of these musical instruments of more than 600 years of antiquity, differing from the present ones in that they did not own the bordón. On the other hand, in Ireland a much more elaborate model is used, that includes a bellows and nine keys closed.

The operation of a cleat is quite simple, the performer must blow through a conduit called windbreaker, from where the air is transported to the bottle, the characteristic bag. Due to the continuous flow of air, between the one that enters and the one that comes out of the wineskin at will, notes of very long duration can be obtained, that they are adorned with very short ones, like “trinos”, and that produce those sounds so Typical of the highlands of Scotland.