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    ✨ New Year Blessings of Health, Peace, Wealth and Happiness! 🎄

    Dear Friends and Readers,

    ⌛ Another year is gone…May the New Year 2022 bless you with health, peace, wealth and happiness!

    Pretty much in all the largest cities of the world as in Scotland – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling and Inverness – all-night celebrations are traditionally held to welcome the New Year.

    Fireworks in EdinburghThe Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations are among the largest in the world; 1996–97 were recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest New Years party, with approximately 400,000 people in attendance. Numbers were then restricted due to safety concerns.

    Clearly, the 2021-2022 holiday season will be unlike any other in modern history and many Scottish Hogmanay festivities for the passing of time are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    And while that might make us feel a little sad, let’s try not to let it get ourself down. Even though we can’t celebrate with some family members, or many friends, or by going out to a crowded bar or a concert venue, there are still plenty of fun (and covid-safe) ways we can spend Hogmany’s night.

    Happy New Year 2022As an example, grab your masks and hit the trails. You can do it alone or with some friends if you socially distance from one another. It may not be our typical way to celebrate, but it’ll still be fun and an adventure we can all have together. You can even plan it out so you can see the sunrise. Then, have a breakfast in bed. How great would that be to start your year off? Treat yourself to favorite foods and enjoy them in the comfort of your room while watching your favorite Netflix show. Let’s be creative and no matter what, have fun in the most simple and safe ways!

    WE ARE ONE

    You are heartfully invited to take a moment to experience a magical aerial light show from the re-release Fare Well series that reminds us that together We Are One! 

     

     

    Take care of yourselves and each other.

    With much love and compassion,

    From all of us at Scotiana,

    Janice, Mairiuna, Jean-Claude, Iain et Margaret.

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    A Selection of Scottish Authors & Books for Christmas 2021

    How am I to sing your praise, Happy chimney-corner days, Sitting safe in nursery nooks, Reading picture story-books?

    (Robert Louis Stevenson – From A Child’s Garden of Verses)

    I could not have found more charming lines to introduce my new selection of books for Christmas than the above verses written by Robert […]

    Happy Spooky Halloween

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    Happy Spooky Halloween Dear Friends!

    I know its an old-fashioned holiday that actually dates back many centuries, but nice to recall that Halloween actually originates from Scotland.

    Back then it was called Samhain, a Gaelic and Pagan commemoration of the end of the harvest season. The celebration is mentioned in Celtic literature over two thousand […]

    Birthday Centenary of George Mackay Brown…

    Born on 17 October 1921, in Stromness, Orkney, George Mackay Brown, “The Bard of Orkney” would be a hundred years old today. We would like to join his many fans all over the world to celebrate this anniversary and pay homage to the great Scottish poet.

    As one of the leading Scottish poets and authors […]

    Notes about “The Antiquary” by Sir Walter Scott…

    Dear readers,

    Autumn is back with its gorgeous colours and shorter days. A good time for fireside reading and for me to go on with my promise to Sir Walter Scott to read all his books. A promise that seems to be well on its way though I still feel like the climber at the […]