Summer Holidays

Topics: Midsummer, Beltane, Lammas Pages: 4 (1195 words) Published: November 6, 2010
Guid Nychburris - mid June
This is a Dumfries festival which has its origins in a court which resolved disputes between neighbours to make them "Guid Nychburris" or good neighbours. The Queen of the South is crowned during the week-long festivities. Lanimer Day - 17th June

Held in Lanark, Lanimer Day (a corruption of "landemark" or boundary) is when the houses are decorated with greenery and there is a Lanimer Fair. Selkirk Common Riding - 18th June
A ceremony of Riding the Marches or boundaries is traditional in a number of locations around Scotland, and the tradition has still survived particularly in the Scottish Borders. Selkirk's is particularly well known, remembering as it does the Battle of Flodden in June 1488. (The Battle of Flodden or Flodden Field was fought in the county of Northumberland in northern England on 9 September 1513, between an invading Scots army under King James IV and an English army commanded by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey. It ended in a victory for the English and was the largest battle (in terms of numbers) fought between the two nations) Glasgow Fair - last two weeks in July

The Glasgow Fair is a holiday during the last fortnight in July in the city of Glasgow, Scotland.'The Fair' is the oldest of a number of similar holidays, dating from the 12th century. Until as recently as the 1960s, most local businesses and factories would close on 'Fair Friday' and workers and their families would use the opportunity to travel for holidays in the local area, typically in the Firth of Clyde or Ayrshire coast.This practice became known as going "doon the watter" (literally "down the water" in Glasgow dialect). Lammas - 1st August

August 1 is Lammas Day (loaf-mass day), the festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop. In many parts of England, tenants were bound to present freshly harvested wheat to...
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