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 is 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 6 or 7 onward, usually at Christmas time. Happens a lot in Ireland too.
of Dances and Balls
- The 2012 Downton Abbey Christmas Special featured the MacClares hosting a céilidh.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Yule Ball has elements of this, moreso in the film than the book. 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.
- In Civilization V, the Celt civ builds céilidh halls instead of opera houses. They provide as much culture as a standard opera house, but they give more happiness.
- The villagers have one at the start of Another Time, Another Place.
- The X-Men mini-series "True Friends" starts out with Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers at a célidh.
- The first part of the second act of Riverdance takes place at one. Mood Whiplash sets in hen you realise that it's a going-away party for those immigrating to America, and that most of the participants will never meet each other again.
- The Nac Mac Feegle in the Tiffany Aching Discworld novels love a good "cailey", with the flexing o' the knees and the flying o' the kilts. Their favourite dance is the Five-Hundred-And-Twelvesome Reel.