Let The Games Begin!

June 20, 2016 in Local Culture

Every year in the Grandfather Mountains of North Carolina, there are celebrations called the Highland Games, that are held over a period of several days in the month of July. These celebrations consist of many sport and music activities which are a continuation of traditions that were started by the Scottish people many centuries ago in Scotland. After the Battle of Culloden in Scotland in 1746, which the highland Scottish people lost, laws were implemented to prohibit the Scots from practicing many of their cultural traditions such as the wearing of kilts, speaking of their Gaelic language, use of the bagpipe and weapons and the highland gatherings. Because of this infringement on their personal lives and freedom, many Scots chose to leave Scotland for the opportunities that were presented to […]