Created By: SuperTroper on April 29, 2013 Last Edited By: SuperTroper on April 29, 2013

Let's Have a Ceilidh

A party that involves old-school Scottish country dancing.

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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.


Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • April 29, 2013
    I'm not sure whether "céilidh" should be in the name or not. It seems more like an aside (i.e. "This is still popular in Real Life [...]; it's known in Real Life as a céilidh (pronounced 'kay-lee'"). I personally think just Traditional Scottish Dancing would be fine.
  • April 29, 2013
    I thought it would make a cute pun on Let's Have a Kiki by the Scissor Sisters. Plus, Traditional Scottish Dancing could get confused with the "Highland Fling'' style and it doesn't convey the social gathering aspect that "Céilidh" does.
  • April 29, 2013
    If céilidh ends up in the name, make sure to launch the page with the unpunctuated title saying "ceilidh," no accent mark.
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  • April 29, 2013
    • In Civilization V, the Celt civ builds Ceilidh Halls instead of Opera Houses. They provide as much culture as a standard Opera House, but they give more happiness.