How To Use A Quaich
There are many occasions to use the Quaich, and they are certainly not limited to the discussion here.
Be creative, the nature of the Quaich really makes it a universal device, adding a touch of Scottish to any event, place or time. So enjoy!
- Simple Toast with Family or Friends: The toasting tradition is likely rooted in common daily life, rather than a big ceremonious event. And this is the essence of the simple Quaich.
- Wedding Toast: The Quaich is a wonderful way to share your first toast together as husband or wife, or with the wedding party and guests. Find a nice Scottish verse to accompany the toast and you will surely be toasting in Scottish style.
- Christening Toast: In Scotland, it is customary to celebrate Christening by toasting with a Quaich, as well as giving a Quaich as a Christening gift.
- Holiday Toast: Certainly the holiday season presents fine toasting opportunities, so share your toasts in a Quaich!
- Robert Burn's Supper: The National Bard of Scotland is Robert Burns. Famous for "Auld Lang Syne", "Comin through the Rye", "My Luve is Like a Red, Red Rose" and over 900 more works. He was born on January 25th, 1759. On or around this day in January, Robert Burns Suppers are held around the world. It is a celebration of his work, as well as Scottish Culture. The highlight of any Robert Burns celebration is the parading of the Haggis led by a kilted bagpiper, and the recitation of Burns’ "Address to a Haggis". This is customarily followed by a toast, whereby the reader and the piper toast with a traditional Quaich!
- New Year Celebrations: Begin your year with a toast to Robert Burns’ "Auld Lang Syne" by sharing a "Cup o Kindness" in a Scottish Quaich!
- Tartan Day: In the United States, national Tartan Day is April 6 of each year, as declared by congressional proclamation. Tartan Day honors the contribution of Scottish Americans to this country and is a perfect time to celebrate the Tartan and Scottish culture with a Quaich.
- St. Andrew’s Day: As the Patron Saint of Scotland, St. Andrew’s Day is a celebration of Scottish culture with feasting, traditional music, dance and ceremonius events. So as you fly the national flag of Scotland, the Saltire or St. Andrew's Cross, share a toast with a Quaich! St. Andrew's Day is November 30th of each year.
- As a simple gift: Give a Quaich as a simple gift to show your friendship, love or just as an expression of something Scottish, whether it be a birthday, anniversary or just because.
- As an Heirloom: Your Quaich will last a lifetime, and can be passed down to future generations. So whatever its use, share it with those to follow you and make it a tradition.