Là Fhèill Mìcheil | St. Michael’s Day
“Là Fhèill Mìcheil nì sinn sruthan,
Gabhaidh sinn dha gu cridheil càirdeil
Mar bu chòir a bhith”
“On St. Michael’s day we will make a cake, we will partake of it in a joyful, friendly manner, as is proper”
Folk Songs & Folklore of South Uist and Eriskay – Margret Fay Shaw
Celebrating St. Michael’s Day with the Sruthan
St. Michael was the Scottish and Irish patron saint of horses, travel, sea and seafarers. A prominent saint in all the countries speaking Celtic languages, his calendar day was observed in the Hebrides by horse racing, dancing, singing and the eating of a multigrain bonnach called sruthan, (pronounced stroo-uhn).
Struthan Fhéill Micheil | Michaelmas cake, is a cross between what we know today as a cake and biscuit. In honor of St. Micheal, grains from the season’s harvest, such as oats, barley, and rye, were mixed in equal parts. Occasionally, berries and fruits were added, along with wild honey. The sruthan was prepared the night before the St. Michael’s Day celebration might be taken to be blessed by a priest the next morning.The blessed cakes, named after the departed and missing family and friends were then given to the poor.
Baile nan Gàidheal |Highland Village will prepare a special sruthan on site to celebrate Là Fhéill Mhìcheil, along with a St. Michaels’s Day, along with a milling frolic demonstration.
Join us as we celebrate this feast day every September 29th.
With much appreciation, the Village is grateful to Katie MacDonald for her good works and excellent contributions to the Baile nan Gàidheal mission and initiatives. Tha sinn a’ guidhe gach piseach `s buaidh ort `san tìm ri teachd. (Best regards for the future).