Windows in Edinburgh tend to be triple glazed more often than not and double glazed at the very least. This is due to the generally cooler climate than the rest of the United Kingdom. Northern Scotland’s climate is even colder, but as Edinburgh is further north than London it is cooler all year around. During summer Edinburgh sees average highs at just sixty-six degrees, with record highs of ninety-six.
Edinburgh has an extremely colourful past and a history of culture and tradition. Its yearly celebrations include Hogmanay, which takes place along Princes Street and is the Scottish New Year celebration. The word comes from the Scot’s word meaning ‘last day of the year’ and is celebrated with a party of sorts and lots of Scottish Dancing. The Princes Street party used to take place at the Tron Kirk in the old town high street but was moved to Princes Street in 1993. More and more people attend the celebrations every year, coming from many other parts of the world as well as parts of the United Kingdom.
During every summer Edinburgh also plays host to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a long establish parade and exhibition of Military finesse, skill and music ability. The Tattoo was first in 1947 and includes theatre productions, military arms skills, military orchestras, marching bands and formation marching, some of which is amazingly stunning and should not be missed.
Of course one could not even dream about visiting Edinburgh without taking time to see the Fringe Festival which attracts millions of people each year. Many a famous actor has be given their start at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many famous star has appeared there. There is also the off-shoot—the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, a sort of festival inside a festival.
In January, Edinburgh wouldn’t be the same if a visitor missed Burn’s Night. Held annually on the 25th of the month to honour Robert Burns, the renowned poet who was hailed as starting the Romantic Movement. After his death, Burns was a huge source of inspiration to many liberalists, socialists, and a Scottish Icon. His birthday is acknowledged in other countries around the world and not just Scotland. Burn’s Night traditionally includes the eating of a haggis, which some people find a little too savory.
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