Calluinn is an ancient tradition, to mark the start of the old new year (under the Julian calendar, before it switched to the Gregorian calendar c.1600AD). Berneray is one of the very few places to still celebrate this date. In past years, it used to be teenagers and young men who wandered around the houses, collecting food. Nowadays, the school children of the island go round the various houses, reciting an old Gaelic rhyme, and collecting sweets and money.
So here they are at my front door:
... and in my kitchen, patiently singing that rhyme again:
The costumes and masks were, as you can see, very imaginative and diverse this year. Awards, as decided solely by me:
- Best costume / most effort: Shannon
- Best attempt to raid my wine selection: David
- Most imaginative costume: Jennifer; we thought at first it was taking the mick out of another resident, but it turned out to be the Stig from Top Gear.
- Deepest voiced singer: Donnie (just how old are you?)
For the best costume, Shannon wins the prize of a tin of bear meat.