St Andrew Scottish Society
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Scottish Culture

Eric toasting at Hogmanay

SCOTTISH TRADITIONS

Whisky, kilts and Rabbie Burns aside, the Scots are well known for toasts, often long ones that may insult as well as compliment.  


-EXAMPLE-

"Here's to you, as good as you are,
And here's to me, as bad as I am;
But as good as you are, and as bad as I am,
I am as good as your are, as bad as I am."
 

A glass of Kill or Be Kilt from Quarter Celtic

SCOTTISH WORDS

One Traditional Toast: 

"May a moose ne'er leave your girnal with a teardrop in his eye" (May a mouse never leave your pantry in tears for it being empty)


Following this or any toast, raised glasses high, all those drinking a wee dram of Scotch or a frothy Scottish ale may chorus this Scottish cheer:


 "Slàinte" -  pronounced "slahn-tchuh" or "slawn-tcha"

This is Scots Gaelic from the highlands and means 'good health'

Table setting at a Burns Night dinner

SCOTTISH CELEBRATIONS

Burns Night is celebrated in January every year, near the date of Robert Burns’ birth. January 25, 2020 marks the poet’s 261st birthday.


There are a host of things that normally occur at a Burns Dinner.  Generally all parties involve 3 crucial elements:

Haggis, Scotch whisky and at least a quote from Burns.


Please click on our Events page to see "Scottish-American Holidays" .

SASSNM Associate Celtic Organizations

SASSNM

CELTIC COMMUNITY CENTER OF NM

The vision of the Celtic Community Center of New Mexico is to offer a venue and services to Celtic groups for meetings, events and activities.

IRISH-AMERICAN SOCIETY

The Irish-American Society of New Mexico is a group whose purpose is to further Irish-American relations through education, travel, camaraderie, recreation, charity, music, and dance.  The IAS and SASSNM co-sponsor a Celtic picnic each fall.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY CELTIC FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION

The mission of the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival Association is to provide a venue for competition in all things Celtic.

SCOTTISH-AMERICAN MILITARY SOCIETY, POST 1912 NM

The Scottish-American Military Society's purpose is to preserve and promote Scottish and American Armed Forces customs, traditions, and heritage.

WELSH SOCIETY

The objectives of the Welsh Society of New Mexico are to perpetuate an interest in the customs, culture, and language of Wales through fellowship and song. Membership is open to everyone, support and participation are encouraged.

SASSNM Associate Groups to Preserve Culture

SASSNM

DUKE CITY CREATIVE

Duke City Creative places special emphasis on networking with likeminded individuals to create positive social change through art, music, and literature, which has a lasting, permanent impact on the immediate community.  

HUNGARIAN-AMERICAN CLUB OF NM

The Hungarian-American Club of New Mexico was founded to foster Hungarian culture among those of Hungarian descent and anyone interested in preserving ethnic cultures.