Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) derives from the Gaelic word meaning “a visit”. Originally, a ceilidh was a social gathering of any sort, and didn’t necessarily involve dancing. In more recent decades music and spinning around the dance floor have become synonymous with the ceilidh.
Traditionally, ceilidhs facilitated courting and prospects of marriage for young people and, and they still play an essential role in Scottish village and community life as the music and dancing bring people together of all ages in a hilarious, exhilarating and sometimes exhausting way – think Australian bush dance or American square dancing with lively Scottish music.
Ceilidhs are growing in popularity worldwide and a very lively ceilidh was featured in the 2012 Christmas special of the period drama series Downton Abbey.
No one can resist the chance to get on their feet for a rousing reel or a jumping jig. Your party will get off to a flying start as soon as the music starts.