Scottish Culture Reenacted in San Antonio

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Citizens of San Antonio got a glimpse at the yesteryears during the 16th annual San Antonio Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival. The festival is a celebration of a bygone era of everything Scottish.

If you are celebrating everything Scottish, how can anyone forget the games. The highland games were earlier started to test the manhood. But they evolved, and the Chieftains used those games to choose the best fighters for clashes against opposing clans. And wearing the Tartan garb and the bagpipe music playing in the background, the games started. They celebrate the culture which, the British empire tried their best to extinguish.

Games like the hammer throw and stone put were the Highlanders way of learning and honing the skills needed for the battle.

Henry Christy, genealogy chairman of the Scottish Society of San Antonio, said that there is no census on the number of people of Scottish ancestry in San Antonio, but the Scottish influence has been significant.

The other attractions at the festival were Highland dance competitions, archery, information booths operated by about two dozen different clans and vendors selling medieval-style crafts and clothing and Scottish food classics.

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