On Nov. 30, Scotland and the world celebrates St. Andrew’s Day in salute to Scotland’s patron saint.
To celebrate, the local Scottish community is inviting all to partake in a St. Andrew’s Day Ceilidh with the Sons of Scotland, Saturday at the Schubert Centre.
A traditional Scottish party, the ceilidh will feature Scottish culture, food, dance and music.
“To put it in context, for those of us who have watched the movie Titanic, you have seen a ceilidh. The celebration below deck where the couple danced and had a merry good time was indeed a ceilidh,” said Sons of Scotland member Christy Bazell.
Music throughout the evening will be provided by The Malarkeys, a Kelowna band specializing in traditional and contemporary Celtic music.
The Malarkeys have been performing around the Okanagan for several years and also performed at Vancouver’s Celtic Music Fest in 2008 and 2013.
Local Highland dancers, Scottish country dancers and pipers and drummers will also perform.
The Sons of Scotland will also be sure to wave the flag of flag of Scotland, bearing St. Andrew’s cross, or the saltire.
Also the patron saint of Romania, Greece and Russia, St. Andrew was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of St. Peter.
St. Andrew’s Day marks the beginning of Scotland’s winter festivals.
A fundraising event to support local youth in Celtic arts, tickets for the St. Andrew’s Ceilidh, Saturday at 7 p.m., are available at the Ticket Seller, 549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca.