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A Century of Tradition

Caledonian Ball 26th October 2024

  • A Caledonian Ball is a traditional Scottish event that features a formal or semi-formal gathering celebrating Scottish culture and heritage. It is often organized by Scottish societies or communities around the world to bring together people with Scottish connections or interests.
     

  • The ball includes a variety of activities that highlight Scottish traditions, such as ceilidh dancing, which involves group dances to the lively tunes of traditional Scottish music played by a live band. Guests typically wear Black tie or Scottish formal attire, including kilts for men and tartan sashes or dresses for women.
     

  • The evening often includes a series of toasts, a dinner featuring Scottish cuisine, and sometimes, performances that showcase bag piping, Highland dancing, and other aspects of Scottish culture. The Caledonian Ball not only serves as a social gathering but also as a celebration of Scottish identity and a way to preserve and promote Scotland's unique cultural practices abroad.

  • Centenary Caledonian Ball
    Centenary Caledonian Ball
    Sat, 26 Oct
    Grand Hyatt - São Paulo
    26 Oct 2024, 19:00 – 27 Oct 2024, 01:00
    Grand Hyatt - São Paulo, Av. das Nações Unidas, 13301 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04578-000, Brazil
    Join us for an enchanting evening of Scottish heritage, music, and dance, as we honor our past and toast the next century. Junte-se a nós para uma noite encantadora de herança escocesa, música e dança, enquanto homenageamos nosso passado e brindamos ao próximo século.
History of the Ball
  • Originating in the early 19th century, the Caledonian Ball has evolved into a cherished tradition that continues to thrive today.

  • Initially conceived as a gathering to celebrate Scottish culture, it quickly gained popularity among the aristocracy and elite.

  • The Caledonian Ball received royal patronage in the mid-19th century, further elevating its prestige.

  • Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were known to attend these grand events, solidifying its status as a highlight of the social calendar.

  • Beyond its glamorous façade, the Caledonian Ball holds profound cultural significance.

  • It serves as a platform to showcase Scottish music, dance, and traditional attire, fostering a sense of pride and connection to Scottish heritage.

  • Over the years, the Caledonian Ball has evolved to embrace modern influences while staying true to its roots.

  • Today, it attracts attendees from around the world, cementing its status as a global celebration of Scottish culture.

  • Central to the Caledonian Ball are its cherished traditions and customs.

  • From the stirring sounds of bagpipes to the elegant reels and strathspeys, each aspect of the event pays homage to Scotland's rich cultural tapestry.

  • In the 21st century, the Caledonian Ball continues to captivate audiences with its timeless allure.

  • It serves as a reminder of Scotland's enduring legacy and its contribution to the world of art, music, and literature.

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