Everything you need to know about Scottish culture and traditions

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Shinty - Shinty, played in the Scottish Highlands, is derived from the Irish game of hurling. It features curved sticks and tall goalposts and resembles hockey. 

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Saltire- The St Andrew's Cross, or Saltire, is Scotland's national flag. The white saltire on a blue background is said to be the oldest flag in Europe and the Commonwealth.

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Football - Soccer, or football, is an important part of Scottish culture.

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Language - While English is Scotland's primary language, the ancient Celtic language of Gaelic is spoken throughout the country.

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival - The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world's largest performance arts festival. It began in 1947 and takes place every August in Edinburgh.

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Whisky - Scottish whisky is known as 'Scotch,' and there are 141 (and counting) distilleries across the country.

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The Loony Dook - Since 1987, people dress up in a costume or silly outfit and plunge into the icy waters of the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry on New Year's Day. 

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Ceilidh - A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish social gathering or party that involves live traditional Scottish music, dancing, and storytelling. 

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Highland games - Scotland's Highland games usually comprise field and track events, piping, and Highland dancing competitions.

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Curling - The sport of curling began in Scotland in the 16th century.

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Edinburgh and Glasgow - Edinburgh and Glasgow are the cultural capitals of Scotland.

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