CELEBRATING BURNS NIGHT
Burns Night marks the anniversary of the poet Robert Burns’ birth, one of our most famous and celebrated Scots.
Given that Robert Burns was born on 25th January 1759, Burns Night takes place on 25th January each year.
Held throughout the world on Burns Night, a traditional Burns supper is an evening event that celebrates Robert Burns’ life and work. I
Everyone enjoys a hearty Burns Night meal (which includes haggis, neeps and tatties, rounded off with drams of whisky), some of Burns’ poems and songs are recited and tributes are made to the great Bard.
Each Burns supper is individual, but the running order normally goes something like this:
To start – everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone sits and the Selkirk Grace is said.
The meal – the starter is served, the haggis is piped in, the host performs the famous Burns Night haggis poem Address to a Haggis, everyone toasts the haggis and the main meal is served, followed by dessert.
After the meal – the first Burns recital is performed after Burns Night food, the Immortal Memory (the main tribute speech to Burns) is given, the second Burns recital is performed, then there’s a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, before the final Burns recital is performed.
To end the night – the host gives a vote of thanks, everyone stands and sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands at the line ‘And there's a hand, my trusty fere!’.
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