What is the significance of Whuppity Stourie, Hogmanay and the Common Ridings, and why do Disguise and Fire play such important roles in our heritage? The people of Scotland have a unique approach to the festivals which they celebrate. Many, such as Beltane and Halloween, have their origins buried deep in the pagan past. Although the significance of many festivals may have been forgotten, they have continued to evolve and endure to satisfy the needs of the time. Here, the special customs particular to each festival are described.