Scottish Festival – The Ceilidh & The Kirkin‘ o’ Th’ Tartan
On the last weekend of October First Presbyterian Church hosts the annual Scottish Festival. This two-day festival is composed of the Ceilidh on Saturday and the Kirkin’ o’ Th’ Tartan on Sunday.
The Ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee) is a large community festival celebrating the Scottish heritage of the church. During the Ceilidh one can view a Highland Dance Competition, browse the bake sale for Scottish shortbread, or enjoy a bite of traditional Scottish fare at the pub. Also at the Ceilidh is the raffle, silent auction, Kids’ Corner, and other vendors.
On Reformation Sunday, the last Sunday in October, First Presbyterian Church hosts special worship services called The Kirkin’ o’ Th’ Tartan (which loosely translates to “Blessing of the Clans”). During this service representatives from each Scottish Clan in the Salt Lake Area presents their clan’s tartan to be blessed by the pastor. The service also features bagpipe music, celebratory hymns, and Psalms recited in Old Scots’ Tongue.
All proceeds made from the Scottish Festival will go to St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall – meals for the homeless.
Please join us for this great community festival celebrating our Scottish heritage! Admission is free and all events are open to the public. Please note, there are two U of U parking lots on either side of D Street between South Temple and 1st Ave that are available for First Pres use during the Scottish Festival.