Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh uile! (& Join us for Gaelic in 2017!)

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh uile! – Happy New Year to you all!
And Happy Hogmanay!

Below are scenes from Hogmanay around Scotland from previous years for you to enjoy. May all your fires burn brightly throughout the year.

Am bi sibh a’ dèanamh amas air Gàidhlig ionnsachadh sa Bhliadhna Ùr 2017?  Thigibh ann cuide ruinn!  (Will you make a resolution to study Gaelic in the New Year 2017? Join us!)  Click here for learning opportunities.

Something to think about: Scottish customs of the new year contain messages that can be relevant to how we think about entering 2017. While bonfires celebrate the lengthening of daylight and thus the “return” of the sun, in our own lives, we can use fire to call forth the light and passion within each of us, calling us to be our best selves in the months to come. By our own candles or fires, we can decide what goals for spiritual and personal growth we will set for ourselves, and link ourselves to our heritage and ancestors.

Hogmanay piper

And even the ancient custom of first footing – the belief that a tall, dark, handsome stranger coming to your door the first thing after midnight of the New Year brings good fortune to the household. The idea of first footing is that the first person who comes through your door indicates the character of your New Year. On the one hand, by offering hospitality to the visitor you begin your year with a generosity of spirit. On the other hand, we can  consciously choose what we admit through the front door, then open that door with great intention and greet it!


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

A typical Baltimore Gaelic School céilidh and class:

Happy Hogmanay - 1




Next Céilidh THIS SUNDAY, 11 December

a Chàirdean,

Our next céilidh is coming up this Sunday afternoon, 11 December, from 3 pm – 6 pm.ceilidh-2

The céilidh requires RSVPs because it is held in the home of a member.  The address will be given out when you RSVP, but for general knowledge it is in Towson.  Please RSVP to

This will be a great opportunity for additional learning and using your Gaelic.  It will include an immersion learning session, a cultural presentation by Scott, and a regular céilidh with food and drink, and sharing songs, poems, and stories.

We would like each person to bring something to offer, such as a story, Celtic or a family story; song or poem, in Gaelic or otherwise.

Also, if you would like to bring a dish (lite fare) to share, it would be appreciated.

Hope to get your RSVPs soon, and look forward to seeing you.

Mar sin leibh,