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Studying abroad helps you to get in contact with a different culture and this makes you think and reflect about the habits and behaviours After a while you get to know more and more about the people the place and especially the tradition Can you then understand where do these habits and manners come from Can you see the relation between people and their roots We tried to discover that through our living in Scotland as Italians and Finnish especially looking at the very famous and ancient celebration as the Highland Games is HIGHLAND GAMES In the year of our Lord 1314 patriots of Scotland starving and outnumbered charged the fields of Bannockburn They fought like warrior poets They fought like Scotsmen and won their freedom Forever This is the spirit that moves people to celebrate their reached freedom This is the spirit that was very deep into every mind in the old century and that now its sometimes less clear in everybody The precise origins of Highland Games is unknown but in all probability they derived from the trials of strength speed agility and skill which were commonplace at the various religious fairs military musters and cattle fairs of medieval and early modern Scotland Origins of the Games Foot-racing horse-racing and wrestling were a common feature of St Michaels Day 29 September celebrations while other racing and athletics contests sprang up at fairs on the various holy days as well as at cattle fairs on the quarter days of the Scottish calendar The clans warriors used these events to test their physical prowess in much the same way as modern soldiers engage in physical training According to one source it was at one such muster in 1574 that tossing of ye barr caber-tossing first appeared on record Yet these original competitions did not call simply for feats of strength since poets bards and musicians also performed and competed The Modern
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