Celtic Cultural Minute

Thursday, 8pm

Imbolc / Bridget's Day

Feb 14, 2013

In the Irish Neolithic period, the significance of the date of Imbolc has been based on the arrangement of a number of Megalithic monuments, such as the Mound of the Hostages at the Hill of Tara. At this site in County Meath the inner chamber of the passage tomb is aligned with the rising sun on the dates of Imbolc and Samhain.

Today, Imbolc is usually called Brighid's Day or Saint Brighid's Day. Brigid (also known as Brighid, Bríde, Brìd) is the Gaelic goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft.

Haggis; a delicacy

Feb 14, 2013

Haggis is a savory pudding containing sheep's pluck, which is the heart, liver and lungs of a mature sheep; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for approximately three hours.

Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a sausage casing rather than an actual stomach.

As the 2001 English edition of the Larousse Gastronomique puts it, "Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savory flavor".

Scots Guards

Feb 14, 2013

The Scots Guards are a band that was formed by British King Charles I in 1642.  It is known that in 1716 a small band of "hautbouys" existed; (otherwise known as Oboes) however, the precise origins of the Band of the Scots Guards are unknown.

The Scots Guard grew during the early part of the 19th century and by 1838 could boast some 32 performers. Throughout the 19th century the band expanded until, in 1888, there was an establishment of 44.