LetsHaveACeilidh Let's Have a Ceilidh YKTTW Discussion
|Let's Have a Ceilidh|
A party that involves old-school Scottish country dancing.
A Sub-Trope of Dances and Balls. Scotland is land of many proud and slightly quirky traditions. One of these is the céilidh (pronounced "kay-lee"), which is the name given to a party that involves Scottish country dancing. Usually takes place at weddings but can happen at other social functions. Music's usually provided by a band with accordions, fiddles and drums. If there are a lot of newbies present, someone from the band will usually call out instructions. Céilidhs are still popular in Real Life, with most Scottish kids being taught the dances at school from the age of about six or seven onwards, usually at Christmas time.
- The latest Downton Abbey Christmas Special featured the Mac Clares hosting a céilidh.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Yule Ball has elements of this. It was a nice touch to have Profesor McGonagall be the one who gives the dance lessons. Scottish audiences remember the trauma of being the one student forced to dance with the teacher.
- The High Life: One episode (appropriately titled Birl) featured a staff céilidh.