Easter in Scotland

Easter in Scotland

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Scotland is a country steeped in history and tradition, and one of the most important celebrations in the Scottish calendar is Easter. The holiday is celebrated throughout the country with various customs and traditions that have been passed down through generations.

One of the most iconic symbols of Scottish Easter is the hot cross bun. These delicious buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and are marked with a cross to represent the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Scotland, the buns are often made with a mixture of spices, dried fruit, and peel and are enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee.

Another important tradition in Scotland and across the UK, is the Easter egg hunt. Children (and adults!) will search high and low for chocolate eggs hidden around the house or garden. In some parts of Scotland, eggs are painted in bright colours and then rolled down a hill, with the person whose egg rolls the furthest being declared the winner.

In the west of Scotland, there is a tradition known as "Whuppity Scoorie," which takes place on the night before Easter. Children gather in the streets and run around the local church, ringing bells and shouting "Whuppity Scoorie!" The origins of this tradition are unclear, but it is thought to be linked to the practice of "beating the bounds," where the boundaries of a parish were marked by walking around them and hitting boundary stones with sticks.

Finally, Easter in Scotland is also a time for feasting and celebration. Traditional Scottish dishes such as roast lamb, neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), and hot cross buns are enjoyed with family and friends. In some areas, a special Easter pudding known as "Clootie Dumpling" is served, made with dried fruit, suet, and spices and boiled in a cloth.

Scottish Easter celebrations are a wonderful mix of religious observance, fun traditions, and delicious food. Whether you are enjoying an Easter egg hunt, attending a church service, or tucking into a plate of neeps and tatties, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this special time of year.


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