It would be great if folks could join Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir at two Maryland Celtic festivals this Spring. Both are a lot of fun. We hope you can put them on your schedule. Please drop by and hang out at the Gaelic tent. We’ll play some music, sing some songs, eat some food, lift a pint together, and enjoy the craic.
Scott Morrison’s band, Dileab Phriseil
will be playing at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival
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.
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!
A typical Baltimore Gaelic School céilidh and class:
Here is the song I mentioned at the cèilidh that contains the old Halloween traditions:
I’ll work on a translation for you guys and post it later.
This past Sunday we held the first céilidh in our new series. It was a great time. Thank you to all who attended and shared stories, poems, and songs. We hope that anyone who missed this céilidh will be able to attend the next on Sunday, 11 December.
The céilidh began with a 45 minute Gaelic immersion session, which was followed by food and drink, a cultural presentation about the roots of Halloween, and the traditional sharing of stories, songs, and poems.
To see an example of traditional Shetland costumes go to Skeklers.
Scott Morrison prepares stapag or fuarag, a traditional Scottish Gaelic dish for Halloween, made of whipped cream, stone ground oatmeal, and sugar. It was a delicious treat.
Traditionally one would eat a spoonful at every house they visited, and usually from a common bowl. For more information on this tradition go to Emily MacDonald’s post on the Colaisde na Gaidhlig website: Fuarag: A Traditional Gaelic Treat for Halloween.
Maraji and Scott perform a song together.
Janet relates a story from her family.
Hope you can join us for the next céilidh
on the 11th of December!
Greetings all! This is Scott MacIlleMhoire or Scott Morrison.
We are excited about the redesigned Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòire (Baltimore Scottish Gaelic School).
The online lessons that start tomorrow are only one part of a greater educational mechanism that we hope will slowly, but surely, build a strong Gàidhealtachd or Gaelic community in our area. The computer classes will deliver the raw info, but it will be the regular 6-week gatherings and the face-to-face review sessions that will strengthen our bonds as learners of this wonderful language and culture. We plan on inducting every participant fully into the world of the Gàidheal (Gaelic speakers) which will include all kinds of things above and beyond mere language lessons!
We have a strong class starting tomorrow night, but I’d like to encourage anyone else interested to join us. We need the presence of everyone drawn to the language to make this a fully integrated cultural experience. If you have not already done so, please RSVP to Rick Gwynallen at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. If you want some more background read New Program Structure for Gaelic Learning.
Tomorrow night the new system launches. The first cèilidh will then follow on 30 October, with the review sessions happening every two weeks at Liam Flynn’s Ale House on our usual Wednesday evenings (starting 5 October) with Rick leading the sessions.
We hope that you jump in and follow the pull that your heart gave you when you pursued an interest in Gaelic or your Gaelic family background. Rick and I think that you will be glad you did. That’s it for now, and I hope to see you all soon! Slàinte!