Next Gaelic Conversation Session is
Our next Gaelic Conversation Session is this Wednesday, 8 March at 6:30 pm. We are now meeting at O’Flynn’s, 3432 S. Hanover Street. This is a very casual session where we work to improve the everyday use of our Gaelic. Never been to one? Doesn’t matter. Join us. It’s a lovely pub atmosphere. Have some food and drink, and learn some Gaelic. Please RSVP if you intend to come, so we know how many to expect.
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.