Celtic Cultural Minute A weekly feature of WDIY's Celtic Faire airing every week exploring Celtic traditions and history.
Celtic Cultural Minute

Celtic Cultural Minute


A weekly feature of WDIY's Celtic Faire airing every week exploring Celtic traditions and history.

Most Recent Episodes

The Making of Haggis

Ah, Haggis...Great chieftain o' the puddin' race, and much misunderstood! - Robbie Burns Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish, considered by many to be the national dish of Scotland thanks to Robert Burns' 1787 poem "Ode to a Haggis". It's essentially a large sausage, or meat pudding, made with sheep's innards ( heart, liver and lungs ); as well as onion, oatmeal, suet , spices, and salt. Traditionally this was encased in the animal's stomach and then simmered for three hours. As the 2001 English

Highland Games Sports, Dancing, and Music

Highland Games are a colorful, unique mix of sports, culture and community, a celebration not only of all things Celtic, but especially of Scottish Highlands' heritage and history. The Games are a mix of of field and track events, piping, and Highland dance competitions, as well as 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw, and the caber-toss. Some say that the Games date back to 2000 BC in Ireland, before they crossed the water to Scotland with the fourth and fifth century migrations

The Legacy of Dylan Thomas

Find out about the brilliant, talented, and charismatic poet, Dylan Thomas. Learn about the legacy of one of the most celebrated writers and poets of the 20th century. "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, is one the most beloved of Christmas traditions, and yet it was almost lost to us, rescued only by serendipity, luck and two plucky American women. One of the most celebrated writers and poets of the 20 th century, Dylan Thomas was born in the Welsh coastal town of Swansea

Celtic Traditional Dances

Learn about Scottish traditional dance, in all of its many forms. It's September, and that means that Bethlehem's Celtic Classic is only a few weeks away. We'll spend September learning a wee bit more about some of what you'll find at the Festival. Naturally, there'll be lots of glorious music...but there'll be dancing, as well, much of it Scottish traditional dance, in all its many forms. If you're ready to put some Scots in your steps, Ceilidh dancing is a great start. Ceilidh dances happen

The Popularity of Scottish and Irish Whiskey

Whether you are a whiskey novice or a real connoisseur there is no better moment than now to celebrate Scotland's national drink—as the tourism folks have officially deemed May whiskey month The term "whiskey" is evolved from the ancient Gaelic uisce beatha - meaning "water of life," and whiskey has been distilled in Scotland for hundreds of years and is an intrinsic part of Scottish life and culture. It's believed to have been brought about by Christian monks who were notorious for guarding

Scottish Kilt History

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe, My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go — Robert Burns Among the most powerful, romantic and dramatic of all the symbols of Scotland are the Highlanders tartans and kilt. Today a kilt is often elegantly paired with formal jackets, crisp white shirts, and intricate footwear. But the kilt began its life much more roughly in the wild Scottish

Ireland's Tricolour Flag

The national flag of Ireland is frequently referred to as the Irish tri-color. Beginning at the flag post, the colors are green, white, and orange. The Irish government has described the symbolism behind each color. Green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, orange representing the followers of William of Orange in Ireland, and white representing the aspiration for peace between them. Presented as a gift in 1848, to Thomas Francis Meagher, from a small group of French women sympathetic to

Behind the Flag of Scotland

Learn about the story behind the flag of Scotland. Find out about the symbolism behind the white cross and blue background. Some listeners of the weekly edition to Celtic Faire may know that the researcher of the topics is very proud of her Irish heritage; however to bring awareness to the fullness of all nations celebrated by the Celtic Cultural Alliance today's spot features information about the flags of Scotland. We'll be covering flags of other Celtic nations in subsequent podcasts. The

The Life of the Great Poet Robbie Burns

The great poet Robbie Burns was born on January 25, 1759, in a small farmhouse on the wild and windy coast of Ayrshire, Scotland. The child of self-educated tenant farmers, he spent his youth working long days on the families' hardscrabble farms, then reading and dreaming by candlelight far into the long nights. He would die at only 37 years old, succumbing to rheumatic fever, and leaving behind many a lass's broken heart. But in between, he became the national bard of Scotland, the beloved

The History of the Highland Games

The story of the Highland Games is a colorful story of sports, culture and community, a celebration of the heritage and history of Scotland and the Scottish Highlands. Highland Games are thought to have originated from the great gatherings and fairs held by Scottish Highland clans since medieval times, where the clans would compete against each other in feats of strength and skill. The clan chieftains would select their strongest, fastest and fittest warriors to represent the clan on the field

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